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【A-PAD Bangladesh】Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits Rohingya Refugee Camp

2019.07.19

The Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are some of the largest in the world. Since August 2017, over one million Rohingya refugees, who escaped persecution in Myanmar and fled into Bangladesh, are living in appalling living conditions at the camps and facing no end in sight for repatriation. Living in temporary shelters built on weak soil, the refugees are exposed to the dangers of heavy rain and flooding.

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A-PAD Bangladesh has funded a primary health care center in Jamtoli, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar with local partner organizations, Dhaka Community Trust Hospital (DCH Trust) and Community Initiative Society (CIS). A-PAD Bangladesh has been working with those partner organizations since September 2017. The health care center has been providing life-saving measures and consultations by doctors. Additional services provided include counseling, health and sanitation education, nutritional food packs for children and expectant mothers, and organizing mobile clinics.

On July 7, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, visited the Jamtoli Health Centre operated by CIS. To mark his visit, a cultural ceremony was held at the Centre. Staff members of MERCY Malaysia (co-operator of the Centre), along with Golam Mostofa, MD (Executive Director of CIS), Dr. Omar Sharif Ibne Hasan (Coordinator of CIS), Ronjit Halder (Program Director of CIS), and Hashi Chakma (Coordinator of CIS) attended the ceremony.