Rohingya Fathers Learn to Cope in a Bangladesh Refugee Camp

12th April 2018

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More than 650,000 Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since last August. Diphtheria, a potentially deadly infection, has spread rapidly throughout crowded refugee camps. It’s the largest outbreak of this disease in decades.

Samaritan’s Purse opened a Diphtheria Treatment Centre in Kutupalong camp—one of the largest refugee camps in the world—to provide quality care in Jesus’ Name to suffering people.

Since our centre began receiving patients on 1st January we’ve treated more than 3,000 people and admitted more than 600 for diphtheria. Although diphtheria can be treated with antibiotics, more critical situations require administering diphtheria antitoxin by IV. To date, we have treated more than 200 patients with the antitoxin.

Watch the video (at top) to see how two fathers and their children have been touched by the work of our treatment centre.

The video features Solimolla, a widower who brought his son to our centre because he complained of swelling in his neck and had a fever. It also focuses on Muhammed, a local staff member who helps ensure that our centre’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. Muhammed also helps care for his brother’s child because his brother was killed when they fled Myanmar.

Please continue to pray for the Rohingya people and for our medical teams as they care for hurting people in Jesus’ Name.

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