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POST TIME: 4 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Critical fund shortage puts Rohingya lives at risk: IOM
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Critical fund shortage puts Rohingya lives at risk: IOM

The funding gap in regards to the medical response of Rohingyas’ health needs in Cox’s Bazar settlements is critical and is putting people’s life at risk, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said. The budget constraints are also affecting other important services for the Rohingyas, said the United Nations migration agency.

Under the joint response plan launched at the end of March in Geneva, the IOM appealed for $182.1 million to provide services till December and of the appealed amount, only 26 per cent has so far been funded, according to an update posted on the IOM website. “The IOM medical staff have worked tirelessly to support tens of thousands of people. The medical response critically underfunded is putting health services and potentially lives at risk, especially at peak times during emergencies,” it said.

The health ministry, IOM and other UN agencies hosted the World Bank in Ukhiya and Teknaf during a camp visit to jointly identify the health gaps in the camps. The World Bank is planning to fund the health ministry to mitigate the health gaps and other health events in the settlements.

Budget constraints continue to reduce the number of Cash-for-Work labourers in the camps that have hindered the site development works in the camps but also access to cash for refugees. Maintenance of some WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities has been compromised, putting hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas at risk of waterborne diseases and has limited the construction of additional facilities in newly-acquired land and relocation areas.