Supporting the medical needs of refugees during Ramadan: Dr. Mohsina Chaklader
This Ramadan, we ask you to join us in supporting marginalized communities around the world.
I would like to wish you a blessed month of spiritual yearning and reflection on the present and past year. Since the declaration of the pandemic by WHO on March 11th 2020, Humanity Auxilium has evolved to help the Rohingya in a unique manner, as our conventional approach of sending our physician volunteers on humanitarian missions to the Rohingya camps became impossible due to travel restrictions.
Our COVID-19 Outreach Project is a unique and comprehensive approach, where Humanity Auxilium was able to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and treat mild to moderate suspected cases of the virus in the two Camps (17 and 20).
Since the Rohingya have been persecuted for generations, there is stigma and fear among the community, hence, the symptomatic patients were not forthcoming due the fear of being separated from their families and community.
We launched two teams, which consisted of local physicians, midwives, nurses and volunteers who went into refugees’ shelters and educated the Rohingya against myths surrounding the virus, supplied hygiene pamphlets and screened patients for mild and moderate symptoms.
Over the period of September to December 2020, we screened around 7,412 Rohingya and treated roughly 3,353 symptomatic patients with supportive treatment and mitigated the spread as the Rohingya quarantined in their shelter while being treated.
The frontline local healthcare workers and the Rohingya families were very appreciative of our efforts as they felt that they were not forgotten in the midst of a pandemic.
Now, Humanity Auxilium is embarking upon a new and much needed mental health project for Rohingya women and adolescent girls. Due to the genocide in 2017, many of these women have endured torture, rape and loss of loved ones. Our expert team of psychiatrists will train local physicians and social workers to understand the unique need of this fragile community and treat and counsel accordingly.
This pandemic has shocked nations big and small to its core. Humanity Auxilium thrives to bring healthcare to the most marginalized communities in a way that keeps the sensitive needs of communities in the forefront even in such precarious times.
We could not have achieved this without the support of our volunteers and donors. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continuous support.
Dr. Mohsina Chaklader
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