Crisis update –May 2018: Update on activities in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, providing care for Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar. Read more

Latest info - May 2018:"This feels more like an emergency room than a normal delivery room"


In 2016, MSF continued to provide healthcare to vulnerable people in Bangladesh, including a large number of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.


Close to the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar district, MSF runs a clinic offering comprehensive basic and emergency healthcare, as well as inpatient and laboratory services to Rohingya refugees and the local community. There was a sharp increase in patient figures in the last two months of the year, due to a huge influx of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. The team treated 113 violence-related injuries in November and December, including 17 with gunshot wounds. During the year, teams carried out 89,954 outpatient, 2,491 inpatient and 4,559 mental health consultations. They also treated 103 victims of sexual violence in 2016, more than double the number in 2015. In addition, 15,194 antenatal consultations were conducted.

Kamrangirchar slum

In Kamrangirchar slum, in the capital Dhaka, MSF offers reproductive healthcare to adolescent girls, carrying out 4,578 antenatal consultations and assisting 457 deliveries in 2016. The team also provided medical and psychological support to 535 victims of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. In addition, 2,324 family planning sessions and 2,379 individual mental health consultations were conducted with people of all ages. MSF continues to run its occupational health programme for factory workers in Kamrangirchar, and this year carried out a total of 8,923 consultations.

Read about MSF’s activities in other countries in 2016

 Year MSF first worked in the country: 1985


2016 Key figures


Outpatient consultations 109,000
Antenatal consultations 19,800
Individual mental health consultations 6,900
No. staff in 2016 331
2016 Expenditure €4.3 million


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