BRAC as part of its humanitarian response to the distressed people coming from the Arakan state of Myanmar will reach emergency services to 3 lakh (300,000) people in Ukhia and Teknaf by 15 October this year.
At the makeshift shelters BRAC is giving emergency services to the women and children and installing tube-wells and latrines to ensure access to clean water and sanitation. The activities are going on in coordination with and with assistance from International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Unicef, World Food Programme (WFP), AusAid, DFID and Global Action.
Currently, 200 BRAC staff are working in 10 makeshift settlements in Ukhia and Teknaf. 35 health centres have been made operational. As of Saturday (23 September), BRAC staff installed 196 tube-wells and 224 latrines and 35 bathing cubicles. Staff are being mobilised from BRAC branch offices across the country to step up emergency services in these two upazilas.
By 15 October, 60 medical teams will be formed to give healthcare services, 15 thousand latrines and 1120 tube-wells (120 of them deep tube-wells) will also be installed. Besides, 10 maternity centres will be opened where 20 midwives and 10 sector specialists will deliver services.
So far, six safe spaces for children have been opened that are accommodating more than 4000 children and adolescents who are engaging with recreational activities. By 15 October 20 more child-friendly spaces will be operational.
All these services will cover 3 lakh people by 15 October.
A high-level team from BRAC led by executive director Dr Muhammad Musa has already visited the makeshift settlements in Ukhia and Teknaf last week.
According to the ministry of disaster management and relief, from 25 August to 20 September this year, 424,000 people from Myanmar have entered Bangladesh. Over half of the new arrivals are children. More than 50,000 pregnant and lactating women have also arrived, who need urgent support.