Association of Medical Doctors of ASIA, founded in 1984, Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC since 1995








Activity Report #11: Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Publication date:2018-11-14
AMDA Activity Report #11: Rohingya Refugees Crisis

 A year has passed since AMDA launched Rohingya Crisis Response in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Foreseeing that the influx of refugees would be prolonged, AMDA set up a medical post in the camp in October 2017 to fulfill the arising medical and health-related needs. The project has been run by AMDA Bangladesh, Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) and United Commercial Bank (UCB).
According to UNHCR, the estimated number of people seeking refuge has reached 899,000 (as of 31 October 2018.) AMDA has so far dispatched around 10 staff (doctors, medical personnel and relief coordinators) from its chapters around the globe which eventually resulted in the formation of multinational medical team. Currently, around eight doctors are stationed to cater to the needs of the refugees. In total, the clinic has seen 31,465 patients since its opening.

On the 8th and 11th of November 2018, one doctor and one coordinator left for Bangladesh from AMDA Headquarters in Okayama, Japan. The doctor will be joining the ground team to support the local doctors and is hoping to utilize his vast experience working in hospitals and health office back home.

 Meanwhile, it marks the third time for the coordinator to visit the camp. The coordinator has played an important role in assessing the local situations and has bridged the ground team and the rest of AMDA international chapters to provide coherent assistance. She is also actively engaged in seeking donors to garner support by corresponding with private sector, medical organizations and government institutions. Her visit this time is a timely one to review how the project should be handled for further assistance and its sustainability.
AMDA will be in the frontline as long as there is a life to be saved. 
    •  GPSP Multi-National Medical Mission (Peace Building)
    •  Bangladesh
    •  Myanmar
    •  2018
    •  for the Rohingya Refugees