Rohingya Experiences of Covid-19 in Cox Bazaar

Rohingya Experiences of Covid-19 in Cox Bazaar

This report provides an overview of findings from a flash report on community experiences of Covid-19 in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. Key findings are that many camp residents have a very basic understanding of Covid-19, but are lacking information on the specific actions they can take to protect themselves, and their families, from the spread of the virus in the camp setting. In addition, many of the respondents expressed distrust and noted a lack of open communication between themselves and humanitarian agencies working in the camps – both national and international agencies—as well as governmental authorities. Camp residents have been reticent to seek testing, isolation and treatment for Covid-like symptoms in the health clinics and hospitals that are available to them in the area. Interviews revealed that many fears and rumours have spread in the camps about ill treatment in the clinics and in isolation facilities: some community members even think they will be killed by the doctors in these clinics, rather than helped.

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