Emergency Health Unit

Emergency Health Unit

The right people, in the right place, ready to act

The Emergency Health Unit enables us to deploy world-class health professionals to an injured child's side within 72 hours.

When disaster strikes, hospitals and clinics serving the health needs of entire regions are often damaged or completely wiped out. This is when emergency medical help is needed most.

In emergency conditions, disease can spread fast, and it's vital that we're there as quickly as possible to protect children and contain deadly outbreaks.

Three principles

Speed

We can deploy our teams in 24 hours and get them on the ground, saving lives and providing relief and life-saving medical support in 72 hours.

Expertise

Each team is made up of a combination of health professionals and operational specialists – perfectly positioned and appropriately equipped to provide emergency humanitarian response when it's needed most.

Reach

These teams are stationed strategically in emergency hotspots around the world, in places they're needed most urgently.

We're equipped to respond to the biggest killers of children during an emergency.

Whether it's treating common diseases through mobile clinics in a country where the health system has virtually collapsed, combating sudden outbreaks of diseases like cholera, or launching a vaccination campaign to help prevent children getting sick, we're prepared to be there for ill and injured children when they need us most.

Helping Rohingya in Bangladesh

Hasina  with her son Tofayel who is one year old. They fled Myanmar when their village was attacked and are now living in a makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh

Hasina with her son Tofayel who is one year old. They fled Myanmar when their village was attacked and are now living in a makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh

Since 25 August, 655,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

The speed and scale of the influx of Rohingya into Cox’s Bazar has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency: it is estimated that there are now 868,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who need our help.

Thousands of Rohingya children are hungry, dehydrated and sick. Many are traumatised and some have been separated from their families, leaving them vulnerable to child trafficking and other forms of abuse.

Many of the displaced need medical support, as well as mental health support. Severely crowded settlements and poor water and sanitation mean there are immediate concerns of contagious disease outbreaks.

In response to this critical humanitarian emergency, our Emergency Health Unit has deployed to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where they have established nine health clincs, treating over 100 patients a day. The EHU is now in the process of setting up an inpatient health centre with twenty beds.

Each clinic will provide basic primary healthcare, mental health and psychosocial support and nutrition screening.

Last updated: February 2018

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