AUTHOR AND ARTIST: SAMI AHMED
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: Health care challenges in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar
Translation summary: Individual camps within the Kutupalong megacamp have at least one health facility, according to UN Refugee Agency data [[ data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/download/72961 ]]
But Habibur Rahman, age 55, says there still isn’t enough service to meet refugees’ needs. “Docors always give us paracetamol medicine for every case,” he says of the drug used to relieve pain and reduce fever.
Not so, said Dr. Mohammad Mobinul Haque, medical officr of the Ganashastha Kendra primary care center. He suggested some refugees might have unrealistic expectations about what they need and what camp health facilities can provide.
Health professionals address medical needs, he said. Most people who come for help get outpatient care. “If the case is serious, then we admit the patient. Then we provide treatment” and follow-up care, especially for those with chronic ailments, he said. If the patient requires more advanced treatment, he or she is referred to a hospital elsewhere in the camp or in the cities of Cox’s Bazar or Chittagong.
2-way report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: A BRAC volunteer teacher wants more educational opportunities for students.
Summary: Zahid Ullah volunteers as a teacher with the aid group BRAC in Kutupalong Camp 4. As of October, the camp had 317 learning centers, according to the UN Refugee Agency, and half of its 6- to 14-year-olds are enrolled.
Ullah teaches Burmese language and life skills; the other teacher, a Bangladeshi, teaches English and mathematics. They have 25 female and 25 male students. Ullah gets 425 takas, or $5, a day for his labors.
The camp does not provide opportunities for secondary schooling, which saddens Ullah. The 19-year-old teacher was able to reach 10th grade while growing up in Singdaung, a village in Buthidaung, Myanmar. His family was part of the exodus following the Myanmar military’s violent crackdown in August 2017.
Ullah had hoped to become a doctor, but his own education was cut short. He’s gloomy about his own and other Rohningya students’ prospects for more education or vocational training in the camps. They want training in computers, carpentry or more. For now, they’re whiling away the hours on house chores or football and other pastimes.