In Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar, The Veolia Foundation is supporting MSF by supplying water to Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camp.
The Rohingya, who are Muslims, are denied citizenship in Myanmar, a country in which over 90% of the population are Buddhists. These persecuted people flee towards the country’s western border and cross the border with Bangladesh. Over 700,000 people have arrived since summer 2017. Thousands of refugees were already living in Bangladesh before their arrival and now close to one million people live packed into the large Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camp and on new sites such as Jamtoli, Unchiprang and Nayapara.
While the flow of refugees has dried up since early 2018, the camps hosting the refugees are still among the mostly densely populated places on earth. Health and medical issues abound and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has become involved in particular by organising access to primary healthcare. The NGO is setting up health infrastructure to supply water and prevent the spread of disease. As MSF’s partner, the Veolia Foundation is supporting MSF by drilling several boreholes, the first phase in the process of supplying water to the camps.