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Medair's Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Tensions in Rakhine State have forced over 500,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the past weeks.They urgently need multisectoral aid focusing on shelter,food,safe drinking water,and medical and nutritional care. Women,children and elderly people are most at risk in this crisis.

Several months at least

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  • Need


    With hundreds of thousands of people having fled from their homes and communities, many families are now living in terrible temporary conditions. They are arriving in neighbouring Bangladesh exhausted, hungry, and without shelter.

    Children, women, and the elderly are the most vulnerable especially during the current monsoon rains and as winter approaches. They urgently need emergency shelter, safe drinking water, and health care.


    In the emergency phase, we will deliver relief activities to up to 4,500 extremely vulnerable households including:

    1. Water, Sanitation & Hygiene - Emergency hygiene kits (soap, bucket, sanitary cloth, cup)
    2. Health & Nutrition Services - Therapeutic feeding of malnourished children
    3. Shelter & Non-Food Items - Emergency shelter kits (tarpaulin, rope, plastic sheeting)

    We will help rebuild badly damaged communal shelters.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


    » Distribute emergency hygiene kits including soap, bucket, sanitary cloth and cup.

    What success will look like

    Success will be more families having access to safe drinking water - and being better protected from water-borne disease in the future. We will record this.

    Aim 2

    Deliver health and nutrition services


    » Set up therapeutic feeding of malnourished children

    What success will look like

    Success will be distributing emergency hygiene kits to the most vulnerable households. We will record this.

    Aim 3

    Shelter & Non-Food Items provision


    » Distribute emergency shelter kits including tarpaulin, rope, plastic sheeting.
    » Help to rebuild badly damaged communal shelters.

    What success will look like

    ​Success will be more communal shelters rebuilt providing safe shelter for displaced families during the monsoon season. We will record this.

  • Impact


    > Emergency response: Medair’s emergency intervention will save lives in the short term and provide improved shelters. > Long term: The long term goal is to help strengthen the local communities' ability to respond to emergencies. This will be achieved by establishing sustainable systems, e. g. promoting good hygiene, sanitation, health and nutrition practices, and training and equipping communities to maintain clean water sources, strengthening housing structures,


    > Lack of funding: if sufficient funding is not received, the programme will not be able to meet all its objectives. We are actively fundraising to ensure sufficient funds are secured.
    > Insecurity: risk of restricted access to certain areas due to the deterioration of security. We are building relationships with local partners to grow trust.
    > Local authorities: disagree on geographical territories from where the interventions should be held. We are actively liaising with the authorities.


    Email/write to thank and update donors regularly and progressively over the next few months and share programme updates with donors via newsletters (with photos, progress reports, beneficiaries' feedback, etc.).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £31,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Emergency Relief WASH Providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene interventions
      £11,000 Emergency Relief Health/Nutrit Providing emergency health and nutrition interventions
      £10,000 Emergency Relief Shelter/NF Providing emergency shelter and non food items
  • Background


    Our project is located in/around Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh. Entire villages of the Rohingya community from the northern Rakhine State have been fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. Existing camps in Bangladesh are already full and resources are stretched. The incoming refugees are joining existing refugee camps and makeshift settlements, going to new spontaneous settlements, or being absorbed by the local communities.


    Our project will benefit the Rohingya community fleeing to Bangaldesh. It will particularly support children, women, and the elderly who are the most vulnerable groups during the monsoon rains and as winter approaches. We anticipate that the majority of beneficiaries will be women and children under 5.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    > Medair has over 20 years’ experience of providing life-saving humanitarian relief during emergency crises and in very dangerous and difficult-to-access places.
    > Medair UK was awarded by Intelligent Giving as the No. 1 ranked International Charity.
    > Medair has already been working with the Rohingya community in other projects for two years implementing shelter programming, and helping vulnerable communities increase their resilience against future disasters, thereby building links and trust

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James McDowell

    Head of Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team

    Neil Casey

    Director of Medair UK