431,000 immunisations. 157,104 shelter kits. 4,150 latrines. 440 wells and water pumps. 22 healthcare centres.

This is just some of the life-saving assistance made possible with the generous support of Australians since August 2017, when over 720,000 Rohingya began fleeing outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

Many arrived in Bangladesh malnourished, traumatised and injured. Moshana, her husband and five-month-old Mohammad were among them.

They were suddenly forced to flee their home near Maungdaw 10 months ago, when armed forces attacked their village.

“I lost my mother and brother that day,” says Moshana.

Soon after arriving in Bangladesh, they were told where to find the UNHCR transit centre, where they received food, water, emergency shelter and medical attention.

Moshana and her child | Bangladesh: One year on

With the support of Australian donors, Moshana is able to access healthcare and nutritional support for her son. ©UNHCR/D.Azia  

Today, the family lives in Camp 3, part of the burgeoning Kutupalong settlement. Baby Mohammad is now 15 months old and Moshana is concerned about his health.

After a lengthy consultation with a nurse at a UNHCR-managed healthcare centre, Moshana is given the news that Mohammad needs nutritional support to avoid stunted growth. She will also receive follow-up visits from community health workers to check in on her family’s wellbeing.

“I received baby food and guidance on how to cook more nutritious meals for my family,” Moshana explains. “It’s good advice for my baby and me.”

“I’ve never had any help like this before. Thank you.”

UNHCR scaled up its response in Bangladesh in preparation for the current monsoon season. In a race against time to protect families from torrential rains and gale-force winds, 85,000 shelter upgrade kits were distributed and over 37,000 Rohingya refugees were relocated to safer ground.

How you are having an impact on Rohingya families  | Bangladesh: One year on

With your help, UNHCR has been able to respond with life-saving aid. ©UNHCR/D.Azia

Recent weeks have seen some of the heaviest rains of the monsoon – almost half a metre fell in less than 24 hours on 25 July. Landslides and flooding still pose serious risks to the safety of thousands of Rohingya families.

One of the families recently relocated by UNHCR to higher ground is Khadija’s. They lost their home for a second time when their shelter was damaged in a sudden landslide.

Khadija’s new ‘neighbourhood’, officially called Camp 4 Extension, offers more space and improved water and sanitation facilities. Most importantly, Khadija feels that her family is safe.

“This shelter is constructed very well. I can sleep easier here,” she said.

You can help more families like Khadija’s stay safe during monsoon season.
Khadija and her family in a new shelter in a safe, flat area. | Bangladesh: One year on

Thanks to you, Khadija her family were relocated to a new shelter in a safe, flat area. ©UNHCR/D.Azia

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