The crowded Rohingya refugee camp is home to 855`000 people. To understand how children and young people from the world’s largest refugee settlement are affected by the corona pandemic, Save the Children spoke to 223 children and adolescents. Almost half of the Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh are afraid of dying or losing loved ones.
Currently, there are at least 46 confirmed cases of corona in the camps and five deaths due to the virus. However, testing capacity is limited and the actual number is likely to be much higher. In one in ten households in the camps, at least one person over five years of age suffers from a chronic illness or disability, which increases the risk of complications or death if they contract the virus. In addition, almost half of the refugees aren’t getting enough daily nutrition. We can assume that malnourished children are potentially at higher risk of contracting corona. This is because their immune systems are weakened by the daily inadequate nutrition.
New isolation and treatment centre
To meet the urgent health needs of the communities, Save the Children will open a new isolation and treatment centre with a capacity of up to 60 beds in the coming days. It provides higher level care for confirmed and suspected corona patients from both the Rohingya refugee community and the local community in Cox’s Bazaar.