Myanmar, Bangladesh
Emergency Response for People Fleeing Myanmar
Oct 2017~

  • Shabita is 11 months old. Her mother, Rahima Bibi is very worried since Shabita is suffering from dysentery for last 2/3 days. They have come from Mondu, 10 days ago. ©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee Shabita is 11 months old. Her mother, Rahima Bibi is very worried since Shabita is suffering from dysentery for last 2/3 days. They have come from Mondu, 10 days ago.
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  • Father with child, both looking at camera ©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee Father with child, both looking at camera
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  • child with younger sibling sitting down inside a makeshift shelter ©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee Child with younger sibling sitting down inside a makeshift shelter
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  • Save The Children volunteer comforting a woman ©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee Save The Children volunteer comforting a woman
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  • She came to Bangladesh with her mother and her elder sister©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee She came to Bangladesh with her mother and her elder sister
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  • A boy came to Bangladesh from Myanmar for two days©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee A boy came to Bangladesh from Myanmar for two days
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  • A boy who came to Bangladesh with his mother and a younger brother and a younger sister is suffering a lot due to lack of proper medical facilities ©Turjoy Chowdhury/Disasters Emergency Committee A boy who came to Bangladesh with his mother and a younger brother and a younger sister is suffering a lot due to lack of proper medical facilities
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On October 13, Japan Platform decided to launch humanitarian assistance in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, to where over 800,000 people have fled*1. It will distribute essential items for survival and provide medical care along with psychological first aid for children. At the same time, JPF will begin accepting donations.

*1:JPF will not use the expression Rohingya to respect the diverse ethic backgrounds of the people
who have been displaced, but use the expression "People fleeing Myanmar"

Background of decision to launch assistance

Large-scale influx of people fleeing Myanmar
Approximately 300,000 people*2 were said to have already fled to Cox's Bazar before this crisis. However, the new influx of people who crossed the border from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after August 25 has exceeded 500,000*3 and a total of 800,000 are now in need of emergency aid. Several thousand are also reported to be stranded near the border*3, and there is a possibility that the number of displaced persons may increase in the future.

High demand for assistance in WASH, food and medicine
With overcrowding as well as poor sanitary conditions due to the lack of toilets and safe water, the risk of an epidemic is becoming imminent. There is an urgent need for safe water and sanitary facilities*4. Everyone who has fled to Cox's Bazar is also facing a food shortage, and approximately 281,000 people are especially in need of emergency nutrition support, half of which are said to be under the age of 5. The approximately 14,000 children under age 5 who have newly arrived to the camp are suffering from severe acute malnutrition*5. Furthermore, most of the newly displaced persons are women and children who have been psychologically traumatized from being injured by gunshots and landmines*3.

Overwhelming lack of assistance
To countermeasure this situation, international organizations and NGOs have been providing shelters, food, WASH, medicine, nutrition, water and educational assistance. However, the people who have newly arrived are having to live in temporary shelters that have been set up outside the camp*3, and there is an overwhelming lack of assistance on the grounds.

Partnerships with local organizations
JPF is partnering with local organizations and now ready to deliver assistance together with them.

*2:UNOCHA, Bangladesh: Humanitarian Response Plan, September 2017-February 2018 (Oct 2017)
*3:UNOCHA, Rohingya Refugee Crisis
*4:Inter Sector Coordination Group, WASH Sector Cox's Bazar - Situation Report, 7 October 2017
*5:Disaster Emergency Committee, "145,000 children under five at risk of malnutrition after fleeing Myanmar", 4 Oct 2017

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Program overview

Program Title JPF Humanitarian Assistance Program for People Fleeing Myanmar
Implementation period Three months
Budget 100 million yen (90 million from government funding, 10 million from private funding)
Content Distribution of essential items, medical care, psychological first aid for children, etc.
Organizations Four JPF member organizations--JEN, Médecins du Monde Japan (MDM), Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and Save the Children Japan (SCJ)--plan to deliver assistance
Location Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

*The budget and implementation period may be re-examined based on future developments.
*Future developments will be reported on the JPF website as needed.

Donations for the JPF Emergency Response for People Fleeing Myanmar are accepted through:

Domestic Remittance

Name of bank
ゆうちょ銀行(Japan Post Bank)
Code and account number
00120-8-140888
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)
  • *When making a donation through Japan Post, please write "people fleeing Myanmar" in the memo column.
Name of bank
三菱東京UFJ銀行(Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)
Branch
本店(Head Office)
Type of account
普通(Saving)
Account number
1732850
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)

International Remittance

Account name
TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)
Bank name
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Branch
Head Office
Bank Address
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
Swift code
BOTKJPJT
Account
Saving
Account No.
1732850