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Project title: Community Health Outreach, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Health Systems Support & Health Post for FDMN and Host Community Population - Phase 3 & 4.

Donor: Community Partners International (CPI), USA

Brief project introduction:

In late 2017, forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (FDMN) fled from their homeland with no hopes, no dignity, and no future to take shelter in Bangladesh. The influx of refugee arrivals in Cox’s Bazar District over the last 4 years has been unprecedented in the region in terms of scale and the rapid nature of the movement into the area. Since August 2017, the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has reached nearly 900,000.

Considering the identified needs, GH-CPI project’s health component supported to improve the general health status, health-seeking behavior, and linking community members to health facilities, reproductive health, family planning services through promotive and preventive outreach health activities and increased access to immunization for children (0<2 years) and pregnant women.

Besides this, to reach the goal of satisfactory conditions of water, sanitation and hygiene for Rohingya refugees and host community, GH-CPI supported to improve the WASH facilities and interventions in Rohingya Camps as well as in host communities under Cox’s Bazar District to ensure quality water supply, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene practices, improving waste & fecal sludge management in respect with Sphere WASH Standards and WASH Sector collaboration. GH-CPI prioritized quality implementation, durable solutions and building resilience through community engagement. Moreover, emergency responses like AWD, COVID-19, fire, flood, monsoon and cyclone are also prioritized as needed. The activities of the project addressed the key issues by enhancing community engagement resulting in increased access to WASH services for sustainability of system operations and maintenance.

Under the Health System Support (HSS) initiative of the project, GH-CPI supported District Sadar Hospital with needed human resources within its capacity to run emergency services in the emergency department. Also provided reagents for pathological tests on a monthly basis as well as logistics and consumables to the Red and Yellow Zones to improve the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures. GH-CPI also supported the health facilities with emergency medicines operating in the Rohingya Camps in Cox’s Bazar to enhance accessibility to the emergency medicines by the beneficiaries.

Through the health post established by GH-CPI, implemented community health activities in camp 1W provided continuum of care from community to facility. Comprehensive and specialized health services provided to the community, including but not limited to maternal & child health/sexual & reproductive health (SRH) with a focus on availability of long-acting reversible contraception, communicable and non-communicable diseases, emergency care, immunization, laboratory, pharmacy and GBV/MHPSS/disabilities services & referrals.   

 Project duration: Phase 3 (Jan 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022) & Phase 4 (July 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022)

 Major objectives of the project:

 Health Outreach Program:

  • Improved general health status of targeted beneficiaries through enriching health-seeking behavior, access to health facilities, and information.
  • Decreased maternal and neonatal mortality and improved outcomes of individuals suffering from childhood illnesses through comprehensive MCH care services and Facility-Based Delivery.
  • Increased community acceptance, demand for modern family planning method accessibility through reduced social stigma, barriers, myths- misperceptions, and community-based family planning strategy.
  • Eliminating EPI left out status through enhanced access to immunization service and ensured timely vaccination.

WASH:

  • Targeted people have access to community sanitary facilities and hygiene services
  • Targeted People have access to adequate and safe water

Health System Support (HSS):

  • Improve equitable access to and utilization of essential primary and secondary health services.
  • Improve infection prevention and control in health facility through supplies and waste management straightening

Health Post:

  1. Improve maternal, child and adolescent health among FDMN through improved access to SRH & CMR services and nutritional care for pregnant & lactating women,
    Reduce morbidity, mortality and disease burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases through early detection, Immunization, primary and secondary prevention and clinical management.
  2. Improve general health status among the FDMN population by health education, diagnostic laboratory testing and provision of free of cost medication

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