Medical Teams responds to disasters where the needs are urgent, where we have access, and where our resources can bring healing when there is no other option.
Working in collaboration with partners on the ground, Medical Teams is treating Rohingya refugees across two 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 provide loving care to patients at a Primary Healthcare Clinic that is open every day, and through four Mobile Medical Units that rotate in the camps. By the end of the year, we plan to have six health facilities serving the Rohingya in Bangladesh.
Many refugees are dedicated to caring for their neighbors, so we train them to be Community Health Workers. In addition to teaching about hygiene and sanitation, and monitoring for disease outbreaks, they serve as a vital link between the critically ill and their access to emergency care, referring patients with urgent needs to nearby health care facilities. This is an especially vital role given the outbreak of Diphtheria in the camps.