In ramping up its global health international development portfolio, Japan committed to providing US$4 million to improve healthcare access for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities in the Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Japan will also provide ¥677 million (US$7 million) to improve healthcare services in hospitals severely affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Bangladesh is hosting over 900,000 Rohingya refugees until they can be safely reintegrated in Myanmar. These funds will help construct new inpatient facilities for specialized care, same-day surgical services, mental health, and psychological support among other things in the Ukhiya Specialized Hospital. Additionally, the funds will be used to renovate and maintain 39 healthcare and nutrition facilities in Rohingya refugee camps and provide critical medical supplies, equipment, and medicine for refugees and Bangladeshis.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in March 2011, about 90% of the population faces poverty, and 79% of the country’s population requires humanitarian assistance. Approximately 40% of hospitals are not functioning due to damage caused by the conflict, and medical services are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will strengthen basic infrastructure and provide medical equipment for the Duma National Hospital, and improve trauma treatment and secondary medical services.