Rohingya Refugee Crisis – HOPE Foundation is taking action!

Updates:
● The total number of Forcibly Displace Myanmar Nationals in the Cox’s Bazar area is currently 821,000.
● The health status of the population, general overcrowding and potential for disease outbreaks create the potential for a significant health crisis.

Since last August, massive influx of Rohingya people crossed Myanmar border and took refuge in southern border of Bangladesh, most of them are in the catchment areas of HOPE’s projects.

HOPE Foundation has been serving the needy people in southern part of Bangladesh since 1999 through its 40-bed hospital, 8 rural health centers, extensive field work, training health workers and midwives, and more.

Immediately after the Rohingya influx, HOPE Foundation established partnership with UNFPA Bangladesh and mobilized resources to serve the refugees through the following:

Daily mobile health camps (5 in total), seeing 1.500 patients per days, giving primary care, emergency care, maternity care, distributing medicines, offering health advice. (About 90.000 patients served)

• High risk patient’s transportation to specialty hospitals (HOPE has one of the largest transportation network with 20 TOMTOMs and 3 ambulances working 24/7)
• Deployed field workers to offer health advises door to door
• Mobilize sick people in the settlement area with makeshift stretchers
• Treating Rohingya patients in the HOPE hospital, located several miles from the settlement
• Helping and hosting visiting international medical teams from other areas and facilitating services & supplies available
• Launched the first Emergency Care Center
• Construction of HOPE Field Hospital for women (under proposal- approved by RRRC)
• 1 Primary Health Clinic in partnership with United Arab Emirates
• 3 Maternal Health Centers in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh & UNFPA

Mid-Term Plan: 6 months -1 year
• HOPE Foundation is setting up a field hospital for women, that will provide services 24/7, offering primary care, emergency care, maternity care, mental health care. This will be the first Field Hospital for Women in the Camps.
• Will set up stronger patient transportation network, high-risk patients transportation (EMS)
• Provide healthcare training to educated Rohingya young women so they can serve their community
• Expand capacity in HOPE Hospital to accommodate more patients and offer specialized care

Needs:
• Recruit national and international volunteers- doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, dentists, physical therapists, mental health provider, others
• Funds for General operating expenses
• Salary for new recruit to address current crisis (medical and nonmedical staff)- staff needed to work in mobile clinics, field hospitals, and the HOPE hospital
• Procure medical and surgical supplies
• In-country support for international medical volunteers, housing, food, transportation etc.
• Expenses to complete field hospital for women construction (seeking multi-party support)

Contact: Dr. Iftikher Mahmood,
Phone 1 305 318 0142
Skype Iftikher.mahmood
Email: hopefoundation.usoffice@gmail.com

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