Strengthening resilience for mass displaced populations in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

Authors: Sneha Krishnan*, Jindal Global University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Qualitative Research, Health and Medical
Keywords: mass displacement health resilience housing
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 4:50 AM / 6:05 AM
Room: Virtual 16
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The global slum population s estimated at 1 billion and expected to double by 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of society but has had the deepest impact on those most vulnerable who were already living precarious existences with uncertain incomes and limited capacity to withstand disasters. In settings where overcrowding was common, usually informal settlements and camp settings for mass displaced populations.

How can a resilience approach can add value in several other aspects of health (safety, nutrition, gender and child protection)?
This paper presents results from an evidence synthesis to draw upon lessons for building resilience from health and non-health clusters. It draws upon findings from empirical research undertaken with stakeholders involved in the Humanitarian Cluster response to Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals living in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh from key informant interviews and stakeholder engagement.

The health system is stretched by a double burden of local Bangladeshi population and the Rohingya refugees (officially referred to by the Bangladeshi Government as ‘Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs)), both exposed and vulnerable to the pandemic. With limited access and availability of resources in the camp settlements, health workers are finding it increasingly difficult to predict, prepare, and respond to the unfolding crisis amidst also the impact of cyclone Amphan and the impending monsoons. The humanitarian actors are guided by the donors and sectoral humanitarian cluster framework to respond to health and other needs of mass displaced populations, overlooking basic health and safety requirements for refugee and migrant populations.

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