Rohingya: Health Issues around the Largest Refugee Crisis of the World in Recent Times

Rohingya: Health Issues around the Largest Refugee Crisis of the World in Recent Times

Rohingya: Health Issues around the Largest Refugee Crisis of the World in Recent Times
Dr.A.K.M. Taifur Rahman, BD Foundation
Date/Time: July 9th, 1-2pm
Venue: Fore Hall, University of Glasgow

Abstract:A joint seminar from the Glasgow Centre for International Development, Scottish Pakistani Association, GRAMNet and Institute of Health and WellbeingAbstract: Multiple outbreaks of unrest in the Rakhine State of Myanmar triggered large influxes of Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh through the borders in Teknaf and Ukhia Upazilas of Coxs Bazar. More than 1000,000 (one million) Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh in 2017 and are currently living in six makeshift settlements and refugee camps. I will share our experiences from the front-line of this refugee crisis, where we have set up health camps both inside Bangladesh as well as in the no-man’s land, where very few organizations are allowed to operate. In addition, I will present findings from our study to estimate prevalence of gestational complications among Rohingya refugees, which is an especially challenging problem. This was a health facility-based cross-sectional study, and data was collected from January to April 2019 through structured interviews and medical records of 2000 women who gave birth in Ukhia Upzila. I will identify the common gestational complications, and will also identify if there is any relationship between gestational complications and low birth-weight. I’ll discuss the potential impact of upgrading the capacity of health centres on maternal and fetal health.

About the Speaker: Dr.A.K.M. Taifur Rahman is Public health expert and currently holds the position of Executive Director of Health Management BD Foundation. He is also continuing as an Adjunct Faculty of Department of Public Health, North South University Bangladesh. After his MBBS he did his 1st Masters in Clinical Social Work under Dhaka University in 2014. Then he took another Masters of Public Health from North South University in 2016. Prior to starting journey at HMBD Foundation Dr.Taifur was a Project Director of Tuberculosis Control Program under HEED Bangladesh. His current interest is focus on Refugee health and Palliative care for the terminally ill patients. Dr. Rahman has published extensively in high-impact journals and another two papers are close to publish. His research interests are maternal, child health, communicable diseases and palliative health in developing countries including Bangladesh. Particularly his focus is on scaling up evidence-based low-cost interventions at the community level within existing health systems and measuring their impact. Recently, he completed fellowship on Migrant and Refugee Health under London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

As Executive Director of Health Management BD foundation he is currently concentrate on Rohingya refugees ( Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals in Bangladesh) for implementing various projects; specially basic health, family planning, mental health and psychosocial support, gender based violence, age friendly education and palliative care, learning centers for Rohingya kids and orphan friendly space. He also involves in different wash and shelter programs with CARE Bangladesh and World Vision.

About HMBD Foundation: & Health Management BD (HMBD) Foundation is a growing, dedicated, and competent humanitarian organization in Bangladesh. The HMBD Foundation is a not for profit organization established in 2014 to assist the people from disadvantaged areas with great health needs. By now, we contributed in many opportunities to create the healthiest nation with research and actions that prioritize people’s health. Our primary focus is on working with people’s health, longevity, and well-being in disadvantaged communities. Our effort is to improve the places we live, learn, work, worship, and play. We believe healthy housing, clean drinking water, or safe places for children to play can improve health far outside the doctor’s office. We continue to be amazed at the ongoing work being done every day to improve the health of Rohingya refugees. Currently, we provide services in maternal and child health centers, Primary Health Care Centers, Rohingya Children Care Centers, various Relief Distributions, Orphan Friendly Spaces, and an Age-friendly space.


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