From Myanmar to Bangladesh: Reaching Rohingya Women and Adolescent Girls Requires Partnership

Publication Date: January 2019

Publisher: UNFPA


A mass exodus of more than 725,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar began in mid-August 2017, with many forced to flee to the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh, adding to the estimated 200,000 Rohingya refugees who had already fled to Bangladesh in previous years. A year later, despite efforts to safeguard all communities in Rakhine State, conditions are not safe enough for these refugees to return to their homes. Collaboration has become a hallmark of the UNFPA humanitarian response to this crisis, which builds on new and existing partnerships that provide crisis-affected people with sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) services, including safe delivery, mobile health teams, safe spaces, psychosocial support, dignity kits, contraceptives and lifesaving maternal health medicines.

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