The Rohingya refugee context in Bangladesh is a serious humanitarian crisis where the affected populations are receiving limited international aid, classifying as a protracted crisis where the provision of humanitarian assistance remains challenging. GUSS has been working in this area with the support of various partners and donors from the early 2017 along with other international, national and UN Organizations in a very collaborative and coordinated way under the regulation of Bangladesh Government. It is estimated that over 655,000 Rohingya refugees already live in Bangladesh before this influx that took place at the end of August 2017. Presently there is more than 1.2 million Rohingya population besides the local community in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazila in Cox’s Bazar. The vulnerability of the Rohingya refugee population is assessed to be very high because of the lack of legal protection, relying essentially on community networks and international institutions. The local communities of the Cox’s Bazar district are themselves already extremely vulnerable as the district is one of the worst performing districts in Bangladesh with poverty above 50% and even worsened in certain sub-districts like Ukhiya and Teknaf. The low performance of Cox’s Bazar is related to its geographical isolation, natural disaster-prone area, scarce employment opportunities and limited access to basic services WASH, Food security, health, protection and education. These high rates are the results of a broad range of factors including food insecurity, inadequate sanitation, limited access to safe water and poor health care coverage. Existing basic services for refugees and host communities have been overwhelmed due to the sudden and massive increase in population
3,500 Food Packs have been delivered to date reaching 3,500 Households of Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox’s Bazaar.