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NEW Gender in Humanitarian Action Brief No. 5. Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response - Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (July 2018)

Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), (2018)

UNHCR and its partners implement interventions focusing on adolescent girls and boys, including:
▪ Formation and capacity building of adolescent girls and boys’ clubs as peer groups for awareness raising, and SGBV prevention and response mechanisms.
▪ Community based protection activities and training on child protection
▪ Provision of secondary education for secondary school-aged youth and recruitment of female teachers to encourage adolescent girls to continue education
▪ Introduction of community sharing/ parenting sessions and increasing the number of women support networks
▪ Establishing girls’ friendly spaces, which includes information sharing and psycho-social support
▪ Awareness raising campaigns with all members of the community, including community leaders

NEW IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Response - External Update, 3-9 August 2018

International Organization for Migration (IOM), (2018)

09 August 2018
706,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox’s Bazar
919,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar
1.3 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

NEW IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Response - External Update, 27 July - 2 August 2018

International Organization for Migration (IOM), (2018)

706,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox’s Bazar
919,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar
1.3 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar
- The last radio distribution training for IOM staff and volunteers took place this week. Overall, 75 people were trained in the past two weeks for the upcoming distribution of 60,000 hand cranked and solar powered radios.
- Over 500 people took part in the celebration of the World Day against Human Trafficking. In coordination with the Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, IOM marked the day with several invitees from the Government of Bangladesh, military and law enforcement agencies.
- A total of 4,958 Cash for Work (CfW) labors have been engaged for Site Development, maintenance, repair and improvement works in the camps.

NEW Myanmar Humanitarian News Digest July 2018

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2018)

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar.

NEW Situation Report Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Cox's Bazar 2 August 2018

Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), (2018)

(covering 20th July - 01st August )
Over 12,600 persons have been verified through the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR joint verification exercise, as of 31 July. Shelter upgrades and refugee relocations continue in the camps. Heavy rains raise risks of water- and vector-borne diseases, and trainings were conducted to build further emergency faecal sludge management capacity. Space for emergency evacuations and sustainable relocations remain topline needs, and funding gaps continue to limit capacity.

NEW Rohingya Refugee Response Gender Analysis: Recognizing and responding to gender inequalities

Toma, Iulia; Chowdhury, Mita; Laiju, Mushfika; Gora, Nina; Padamada, Nicola, Eds.: Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, (2018)

This gender analysis was conducted to understand the different risks and vulnerabilities but also opportunities and skills for Rohingya and host community women, men, boys and girls. Data collection was conducted over three weeks from 8 April to 29 April 2018. The work aimed to identify the different needs, concerns, risks and vulnerabilities of women, girls, boys and men in both Rohingya refugee communities and host communities in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. The analysis shows various gaps in the humanitarian response for both communities, especially in terms of accountability, communication with affected communities and disaster preparedness, but also in equitable access to services, in particular for women and girls, and especially for the Rohingya community. The key findings are presented below, along with recommendations for action.

Still at risk: Restrictions endanger Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh

Vigaud-Walsh, Francisca, Eds.: Refugees International (RI), (2018)

In April 2018, Refugees International (RI) conducted a mission to Bangladesh, to research the GBV (gender-based violence) response for Rohingya women and girls. RI found that the entire humanitarian system is struggling under tremendous constraints in Bangladesh, and protection and health actors do deliver lifesaving services to survivors in an incredibly challenging environment. This report, however, focuses on key gaps and challenges in GBV programming, as communicated by practitioners deployed to Bangladesh at various stages of the emergency, by local organizations, and by the affected women and girls themselves.
In the analyses and recommendations provided in this report, RI draws in part from the framework of the international initiative to safeguard women and girls in emergencies — the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies — and urges the donors and humanitarian organizations that are Call to Action partners to implement it more effectively and with urgency during this emergency.

IOM Bangladesh: Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Response - External Update, 20-26 July 2018

International Organization for Migration (IOM), (2018)

- Following the heavy rains of the past two days, 49 incidents were reported, affecting over 4,700 individuals.
- Site Development activities this week included cleaning 24 drainage canals, building and repairing 38 bridges in all camps, as well as steps and pathways amounting to a total of 667 meters in all camps.
- IOM organised a training session on Introduction of Human Trafficking and Exploitation for IOM staffs and partners, which provided an overview of key concepts related to victim identification, understanding the experience of trafficked persons & case study, referral mechanism and interviewing techniques.
- Skills mapping of women in all camps is being carried out. In Camp 11, 60 Rohingya women have been enlisted for cash-forwork, Communication with Communities (CwC) and voluntary work.

Health Survey in Kutupalong and Balukhali Refugee Settlements, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Guzek, John; Siddiqui, Rubi et al., Eds.: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), (2017)

Survey report
Four health surveys were performed in Kutupalong Makeshift Settlment (KMS), Balukhali Makeshift Settlement (BMS), Kutupalong Makeshift Settlement Extension (KMS Extension) and Balukhali Makeshift Settlement Extension (BMS Extension). These sites were chosen to ensure that the health status and conditions were measured in both the new settlements and the pre-existing settlements. The surveys measured current and retrospective mortality, the main morbidities affecting the population, global and severe acute malnutrition rates, vaccination coverage rates for key antigens and health-seeking behaviour. Simple random sampling was used with a recall period from 25th February 2017 until the date of interview (30th October to 12th November): approximately 260 days.

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