AS THE CYCLONE SEASON APPROACHES
MSF field workers on the ground in Bangladesh now fear fresh emergencies on top of the current catastrophic situation, as the upcoming cyclone season will bring heavy rains and tropical storms to the area. Already battling measles and diphtheria, our teams are bracing for an epidemic of life-threatening waterborne diseases such as acute watery diarrhoea.
Nurse CHIU CHEUK PONG was the first MSF field worker from Hong Kong to go to Bangladesh, where he was responsible for registering and triaging patients in one of the refugee arrival points:
“I hope my experience will help more people in Hong Kong see what is happening in Bangladesh. The refugees’ story is heartbreaking, and humanitarian aid must be immediately scaled up to avoid a public health disaster.”
PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED
“I never have
enough to eat.”
Humaira lost her husband when violence broke out. Heavily pregnant and alone with her 7-year-old son, she gave birth on the river journey to Bangladesh. When Humaira reached MSF’s healthcare centre, her new baby girl Ruzina was already malnourished.
“I never have enough to eat and because of that, I can’t breastfeed my baby.”
HAVE BEEN TAKING ACTION
As well as treating huge numbers of patients for diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections and infected wounds, our teams are currently preparing our emergency response in case of potential cyclone damage to our health structures, so that we can remain operational.
Since the crisis began in August last year, MSF teams have: