Half a million people have fled from the Rakhine state of Myanmar to Bangladesh in the last five weeks.

This is the population of a city the size of Liverpool. Tired, sick and hungry, many have trekked for weeks to get to the border. They have no homes and no possessions, and have arrived in a damp, muddy hillside with no drinking water, shelter, food, medical services or latrines.

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  • 170,317 patients treated
  • 295,381 non-food items distributed
  • 6,618 children attending our child-friendly spaces daily
  • 10,395 latrines built
  • 1,084 tubewells installed

415,800 people reached

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Small is beautiful, scale is necessary

How do you get health services to half a million people

What we are focusing on


Maternal, neonatal and child health, through 60 mobile health camps, 10 fixed clinics and door-to-door visits

Tube wells and latrines and to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation

Keeping children safe from exploitation, and helping to establish a sense of normalcy through child-friendly spaces

Delivering children’s clothing, tarpaulins, sleeping mats, solar lamps, buckets, water vessels and sanitary napkins


People urgently need your support. Please donate now.



October 8, 2017

Getting a drink in Cox’s Bazar’s makeshift settlements

The people who have fled Rakhine State of Myanmar are now facing a water crisis. They are drinking water from rice fields and the sides of […]
October 6, 2017

BRAC’s executive director on BBC World News

BRAC’s executive director Dr Muhammad Musa went live on BBC World News to speak about the organisation’s humanitarian response and the numerous challenges that are emerging […]
October 5, 2017

With love, from Bangladesh- Sending children’s clothes to Cox’s Bazar

An estimated 507,000 people are now living on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and more than half of them are children. Most of them have […]
October 5, 2017

Holding on to childhood through child friendly spaces

Nine-year-old Amin plays with a rhino and a horse in a land of make believe. It has been a week since he arrived in Bangladesh with […]
October 4, 2017

Lighting up the shelters of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Darkness comes early in the makeshift shelters built by people from Rakhine State of Myanmar. BRAC is distributing solar lamps so life can continue after the […]
October 1, 2017

BRAC’s pink vests: On the ground with Asif Saleh

The scale of the humanitarian crisis we are facing surrounding displaced people from Myanmar in Bangladeshi camps is not possible to understand until you actually get […]