Islamic Relief USA, in collaboration with the UNHCR, is working to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to internal refugees in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
There was an urgent need for shelter for internally displaced families and their host communities. Many now homeless people lived in community centers, churches and temporary camp sites. Here are some photos provided by the UNHCR of efforts that IRUSA donors have helped support.
Essential health services are being delivered to the extremely vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons and hard-to-reach villages, in Rakhine State. Mobile health units, distribution of medicines, immunization and nutrition campaigns, health education, and volunteer training are all part of the effort. More than 46,000 people stand to benefit.
More than 8,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh benefitted from a program designed to provide prevention and treatment services for disease. The effort, which also included basic health care coverage and a project to treat children suffering from malnutrition, focused on the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps in Bangladesh’s Southeastern district of Cox Bazar.
Islamic Relief donors helped provide about 1,000 emergency tents for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of both Rohingya and non-Rohingya populations. Some 2,000 Core Relief Item (CRI) kits were also been delivered. They included:
- Mosquito nets
- Plastic tarpaulins
- Kitchen sets
- Blankets and sleeping mats
- Jerry cans and plastic buckets
- Clothes, such as socks, t-shirts for adults and warm apparel for children
- Products for women
- Solar lamps
- Detergent and soap
Islamic Relief worked with UNHCR to provide some 335 emergency shelters for more than 1,600 individuals in Sittwe, Rakhine State. These temporary family unit shelter spaces are housing internally displaced persons (IDPs) until permanent housing solutions are found. Efforts were made to prevent overcrowding and potential problems associated with that; to provide water, sanitation and health care services; and to involve community members in camp management.