Health Desk—Oct 03, 2017: An estimated 7,500 Rohingya children in the squalid camps in Cox's Bazar are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, said Unicef as it launched on Monday $76.1 million appeal for its emergency humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis.
The Unicef said its appeal would cover the immediate needs of 720,000 children -- those who arrived newly as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities in Cox's Bazar.
Up to 60 percent of the over 500,000-plus Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children. Most are now living in harsh and insanitary conditions in makeshift camps and settlements spread across the district.
Quoting the United Nations, AFP reported more than 14,100 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition at the Rohingya camps.
“Desperate, traumatised children and their families are fleeing the violence in Myanmar every day.... These children are being denied a childhood. They need our help now and they need our help to have a future,” said Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake, who is visiting the southern Bangladesh.
The majority of Rohingya children are not fully immunised against diseases such as polio. An oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting all children over 1 year is planned in October, and 900,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in Bangladesh by October 7.
An earlier Unicef appeal for $7 million has been expanded to reflect the fast-growing scale of the crisis.
Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) appealed for $75 million in emergency aid to help reduce the suffering of Rohingyas over the next six months.