Despite the challenges of hosting almost a million of the Displaced Rohingya Population (DRPs)
Earlier this year, I visited Cox’s Bazar where I witnessed first-hand how the World Bank’s support is helping to strengthen health, education, and social protection systems. In the health sector for example,Primary health centers are providing out-patient services for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health together with nutrition, family planning mental health, and psychosocial support. The With the establishment of the OCC, the uptake of services by the survivors of GBV have increased.suffering from moderate to severe symptoms, x-ray facility, and oxygen generator is helping address the immediate impacts of COVID-19.
Finally, Mohammed Ishak’s experience tells a wider story of how partnership with government and humanitarian actors are helping build resilience and provide basic needs of the DRPs. Mohammed the picks up his family’s monthly groceries at the e-voucher shop administered by the WFP. World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief under the Safety Net Systems for the Poorest Project, which will provide households with temporary work, and payments via the SCOPE card to be redeemed at the e-voucher shops., while offering users a fully digitalized service. The orderly process runs like a fine-tuned clock, providing a dignified and hassle-free experience to people like Mohammed. The World Bank looks forward to the partnership between
Supporting host communities
The experience of Jannatul Ferdous, a local resident of Cox’s Bazar, who had dropped out of school in the 9th grade, has been able to benefit from the second Reaching Out of School Children (ROSC II) project which is assisting beneficiaries in the host communities develop new skills critical to economic empowerment. For Jannatul, this means training as a seamstress and using the income earned from her small sewing business to get her education back on track. She will soon take the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam and hopes to continue with her higher education.
These achievements are not without its challenges.Similarly, earlier this year, when a fire broke out, it led to 70 beds in the SARI ITC being destroyed. It highlights the degree of vulnerability and the risks that continue to constrain service delivery efforts.
The provision of family planning services at the Camp 3 primary health care center, which I also had the chance to visit, is a terrific example of how partnerships can lead to beneficial results – with the government providing the facility while UN agencies like International Organization for Migration, United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank crowdsourcing the provision of equipment, technical assistance, and renovation support.
I am hoping to talk to more people like Jannatul and Mohammed in the future to continue to gauge our impact on the ground.