Bring healing to
Rohingya refugees

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Medical Teams works where we are needed most. Often, that requires us to be flexible and quick to respond—disasters can be unpredictable and sudden. The situation that Rohingya refugees find themselves in is just such a disaster.

That is why we have launched an emergency response to help them. Learn more about the crisis and how YOU can help.


  • Who are the Rohingya?

    The Rohingya are a stateless minority Muslim group, primarily from Rakhine State, Myanmar. Because of their status, they’ve been denied access to education, citizenship, employment, and even healthcare. Nearly one million Rohingya are impacted by the current crisis, with more than 600,000 of them fleeing across the border to Bangladesh since August. Most of the refugees are women and young children. 

  • Why are the Rohingya fleeing?

    On August 25, 2017, violence erupted in Rakhine State, Myanmar, forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to leave their homes immediately in search of safety. Entire villages have been attacked and burned, with survivors fleeing on foot for days through jungle, over mountains, and across rivers.

    Once they cross the border into Bangladesh, there is little relief. Makeshift settlements and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are completely overwhelmed by the influx of refugees. There is almost no food or healthcare, and a dangerous lack of clean water or hygiene. The temporary shelters the Rohingya refugees live in are set up on the side of muddy hills—a heavy rain could wipe them away completely.

  • What are the most urgent needs of the Rohingya refugees?

    Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who has spent most of his life working as a humanitarian around the world, described the needs of the Rohingya in this way:

    “They had to flee very sudden and cruel violence, and they have fled with nothing. Their needs are enormous – food, health, shelter. They have absolutely nothing. I have hardly seen in my career people that have come with so little. They need everything.”

    The lack of clean water and sanitation is especially dangerous. The conditions the Rohingya are living in greatly increase the probability of disease outbreaks like cholera and Diphtheria, which would threaten thousands of lives. 

  • What is Medical Teams International doing to help the Rohingya?

    Medical Teams responds to disasters where the needs are urgent, where we have access, and where our resources can bring healing where there is no other option.

    Working in collaboration with partners on the ground, Medical Teams is treating refugees in the settlements. Initially, we helped prevent the outbreak of infectious disease through community outreach activities connected to a temporary Diarrhea Treatment Center. Now, our volunteers and staff are building Primary Healthcare Clinics and Diarrhea Treatment Units, treating patients, and training refugees as Community Health Workers. We also serve as a vital link between the critically ill and their access to emergency care, referring patients with urgent needs to nearby healthcare facilities. This is an especially vital role given the outbreak of Diphtheria in the camp.

  • Will Medical Teams send volunteers to Bangladesh?

    We already are. As of January, we've sent 5 volunteer teams to Bangladesh. In fact, we've already had more volunteers serving the Rohingya refugees than have served in any other Medical Teams international crisis response before. We are continuing to send teams as the needs grow.

    We are currently recruiting for nurses and doctors with international or disaster experience who can deploy for four weeks to Bangladesh. If you meet our Bangladesh team qualifications, and/or are interested in being added to our disaster response volunteer roster, please apply here

  • Will Medical Teams send medical supplies or other donated goods into Bangladesh?

    There are strict regulations regarding the import of medical or other supplies into Bangladesh. Therefore, our response will not include sending hygiene kits, medical supplies, or other products into the country. Any necessary supplies will be procured locally, through our trusted partners. 

  • What can I do to help the Rohingya refugees?

    First, please pray for safety and healing—both in body and mind—for these people who have suffered unimaginable horrors. Pray for peace in their homeland, and that their needs would be met quickly.

    Consider making a donation to help our teams carry out the mission of serving the Rohingya in Bangladesh. Your gift will be put to work to heal and save lives.

    We will be posting regular updates on the situation in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get real-time reports on our work.

    If you are a doctor or nurse with international experience, and able to deploy for four weeks, please consider volunteering with our Bangladesh team.

    Thank you for supporting these critical efforts to bring healing to people in crisis.

Your action today is critical to saving lives.

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