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In view of the evolving plight of the Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh, DocMobile sent Katherine McCann on a fact-finding mission to see how we can help. Many thanks to the local helpers and the local organisations who welcomed her.
Conversations and observations on site provided the following insights:
Since 25 August 2017, more than 600,000 people have crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. These people flee from extreme violence and atrocities committed by the Myanmar military. You arrive after 4-5+ days trekking through the jungle. The region is hot and humid, with temperatures of 35 degrees. Running away from the military is almost as dangerous as staying and if they get caught, they get killed.
Arriving in Bangladesh, they have nowhere to go - No roads. No houses. About 50km from the next town. More than half a million people arrived in less than three months and settled in the middle of the jungle.
There is not enough food, although the army of Bangladesh and NGOs are trying. There is not enough clean water, although wells are being built. When new people arrive, new shelters are created without much planning as to where they will be built. This means that the camps are too crowded and chaotic for roads to be built, even if there were resources there.
Health care in this environment is a complex subject. There is a danger of tropical diseases, people are exposed to environmental conditions such as wind, rain, sun, etc. without protection, hunger and severe dehydration are widespread. Measles are spreading. Polio cases have been identified. Patients are fainting in line and waiting to be seen by mobile health units equipped with basic care only. The transport of an immobile patient to an ambulance alone may require it to be carried 5-6km across hills and streams.
"I've been in the Cox's Bazaar district of Bangladesh for a week now, where I go into the jungle every day to observe and evaluate the catastrophe of an unbroken human flow that is making its way out of the horrors in Burma. The organisations here in Bangladesh are doing amazing work, but with tens of thousands of new refugees coming to Bangladesh every week, it is impossible for the Bangladeshi people or organisations here to help. This is well on the way to becoming one of the biggest humanitarian catastrophes of recent decades, and the media coverage that exists in the West is almost non-existent. The Rohingya are faced with a terrible choice: ethnic cleansing or dreadful oppression in Burma or the incredible dangers and terrible suffering of life as refugees in one of the poorest areas of the world. "- Katherine McCann
So what do we do now? Everything we can. There is not a single 24 hours inpatient delivery site in Kutupalong. Medicines formally dissolve and the shelves need to be refilled. Doctors are urgently needed. Even before the crisis, hospitals in the region were already struggling with a shortage of doctors, which has only worsened.
DocMobile, with our proven track record of health interventions for refugees and undocumented migrants in Greece, will do a great job and we believe that we can and should launch a mission before 2018.
Please help us to provide help where it is needed so badly, because due to the lack of publicity, donations are missing and we face a huge challenge.
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The Rohingya are oppressed as stateless and live in apartheid. The UN and HWR officially speak of a current ethnic cleansing. Before the current crisis, some 1,000,000 Rohingya lived in Myanmar, of which just over 600,000 people have crossed the borders to Bangladesh since August 2016 and are now fighting for their survival under the most adverse circumstances.
The coverage around these people has come to a standstill and since DocMobile - Medical Help e. V. has set the goal of providing medical aid to people in emergency situations, Katherine McCann travelled to Bangladesh for DocMobile today in order to form her own impression of the situation. She will be looking into the situation and see how far we will be able to help.
To make this possible, we depend on the help of our supporters. Please donate "Rohingya" for the help in Bangladesh - even if it's only a few Euros, they help! Every Euro donated to the Rohingya will benefit them, even if we come to the conclusion that we cannot help even there.
DocMobile - Medical Help e. V. goes on the journey....
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Die Rohingya werden als staatenlos unterdrückt und leben förmlich in Apartheit. UN und HWR sprechen offiziell von einer gegenwärtigen ethnischen Säuberung. Vor der gegenwärtigen Krise lebten etwa 1.000.000 Rohingya in Myanmar, wovon etwas mehr als 600.000 Menschen seit August 2016 die Grenzen nach Bangladesch überquerten und nun unter widrigsten Umständen um ihr Überleben kämpfen.
Die Berichterstattung um diese Menschen ist arg ins Stocken geraten und da sich DocMobile – Medical Help e.V. zum Ziel gesetzt hat, den Menschen in Notsituationen medizinische Hilfe zukommen zu lassen, ist heute Katherine McCann für DocMobile nach Bangladesch gereis,t um sich vor Ort ein eigenes Bild zu machen. Sie wird die Lage sondieren und schauen, wie weit es uns möglich sein wird, Hilfe zu leisten.
Um dies zu ermöglichen, sind wir auf die Hilfe unserer Unterstützer angewiesen. Bitte spendet, unter Angabe „Rohingya“, für die Hilfe in Bangladesch – selbst wenn es nur wenige Euro sind, sie helfen! Jeder Euro, der für die Rohingya gespendet wird, wird ihnen auch zu Gute kommen, selbst wenn wir zu dem Fazit kommen sollten, dass wir selbst dort nicht helfen können.
DocMobile – Medical Help e.V. geht auf die Reise…
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Ein sehr guter Bericht über die Tätigkeit von DocMobile. Ich kenne die Arbeit und die Situation dort vor Ort und kann das nur bestätigen, was dort vor Ort täglich an großer, humanitärer Hilfe geleistet wird.Zwei Benefizkonzerte ermöglichten mir, eine wenn auch nur kleine Spende zu überweisen. Und dennoch zählt jeder Euro an Spende.
Im Moment ist ein Team aus Ludwigshafen vor Ort. Murat Isik
You do great job
Sattar Islam Nirob
Ihr seid so wundervoll! Ich war dort, habe gesehen, was DocMobile leistet und was es für die Menschen dort bedeutet.. Ich weiß, dass meine Spende dort genau richtig ist und hoffe, dass jeder, der diesen Beitrag sieht, auch einen kleinen Teil dazu beitragen kann, dass diesen Menschen geholfen wird <3
MashAllah great job
Doc mama you look so awesome and.... God bless you and your work
...it’s becoming perceptibly colder again. The teams of Docmobile are already preparing for hard winter weeks. The nights are already extremely cold for this season. Currently, we are especially looking after Patras, but without neglecting the other places.
Then, last week, surprisingly a message from Jette from facebook.com/deliverysha/ arrived. Jette told us that they had collected a sum of 500€. We should use this money appropriately . These where great news. Immediately we contacted Jette by phone. Together we decided to spend the money on sleeping bags. Many of the refugees are currently or rather still living on the street without any protection.
No sooner said than done. We from DocMobile met Jette Pia and trudl... in the centre of Thessaloniki. A kind businesswoman offered us sleeping bags for the money donated, which also hold out against sub-zero temperatures. We are very pleased by this donation, because the protection seekers living on the streets here are increasingly suffering from respiratory infections. Maybe some of these people can now spend the nights in a more sheltered way.
A warm thank-you goes to the donators, who made it possible for Jette and her team to provide this sum to us. You realize, that it is unfortunately becoming more difficult to take care of the protection seekers. No matter what is being told you by the media. The people in Greece (amidst Europe) are feeling as bad as one year ago. Please don’t just sit back and watch, thank you.
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October was a hectic and rewarding month for the DocMobile - Lesvos team. Our doctors personally saw 663 patients, including 326 children at our locations in the One Happy Family Community Center and in Bashira Women's Center. We are so grateful to The Hope Project for funding and Respond for constructing the winterization project in our clinic. Without their help, the rain and cold would have made it nearly impossible to host our clinic consistently in the upcoming months.
This week, winter's stinging clutch settled back on our little island. The lows are dipping close to freezing, and still, an estimated 3000 people in Moria are sleeping in tents without heat. For us, this translates into crowded clinics and lines out the door. There's been no progress from the government toward flu vaccines; chickenpox is beginning to spread. Our doctors work tirelessly from the time they arrive in the morning to when they leave late afternoon, while our medical staff translate, fill prescriptions, manage the crowds, and accompany patients to and from their appointments at the public hospitals.
We need your help. As the temperature drops, illness will begin running rampant. We'll see more colds, the flu, and pneumonia, especially among babies living without heat. We'll see frostbite and heater burns. We're already seeing a lack of consistent chronic medications on the island. We want to make sure no one goes without their life-saving medications, but we need your help to do it. We need more medication, more doctors, and donors. We need people willing to step outside their comfort zones, to put the spirit of the upcoming season in their actions, to make true the anthem of the island - no more dead from cold. We need you. ...