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Mental health support centre for Rohingya opened in Ukhiya

A mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) centre for the Rohingya community was inaugurated at Camp 6, Kutupalong in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar on 23 February 2021.

Syed Mahbubul Haque, Assistant Secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and Camp in Charge of Camp 6, inaugurated the centre.

Hasina Akther Huq, Area Director of Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of BRAC and other relevant BRAC staff were present. H M Rakibul Islam, office-in-charge of MHPSS under the HCMP of BRAC, presented the welcome speech.

Syed Mahbubul Haque emphasised that people from the Rohingya community are some of the most oppressed people in the world, and that the centre would provide the much-needed psychosocial support to improve their mental health.

In her address, Hasina Akhter Huq termed the centre as an important initiative of BRAC, which is working for human rights and development of people. She said, ‘We are emphasising the involvement of the local community for successful implementation of the initiative.’

On an average, 60 people can avail services at the centre, from 8:30am to 3pm daily.

About 225,863 people have already received such services through nine other centres set up by BRAC, in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.