"Our health and emergency teams have
gained extensive experience in handling
disease outbreaks in the camps."
“During the initial stages of the emergency response, there was a serious diphtheria outbreak,” explains Karen.
“Through mass vaccination campaigns and sustained routine immunisation the diphtheria outbreak was brought under control,” says Karen.
“However, there is no vaccine for COVID-19.”
“Right now, prevention measures such as handwashing with soap and coughing hygiene are critical.”
UNICEF teams and partners are working to provide regular safe water and soap supplies for 240,000 Rohingya refugees, over half of whom are children.
UNICEF teams and partners are working to implement preventive measures
At the same time, our teams on the ground are using our existing networks of trained community mobilisers and volunteers from the refugee population to teach children best practice handwashing, and rapidly disseminate information on how children and families can best protect themselves from infection, the symptoms of COVID-19 and where to seek healthcare.