The Rohingya refugee crisis was our first foray into emergency response and we are extremely proud of the entire OBAT family for taking on this challenge head on and supporting some of the most destitute people in the world.
OBAT is leading the relief work on the ground by building and operating shelters, medical clinics, community centers and informal learning centers for the Rohinyga refugees in Bangladesh.
For decades, the Rohingya have been marginalized and persecuted in their homeland of Myanmar. They did not have easy access to health care and reports indicate there are no eye care facilities for them in Myanmar. As a result, many are living without their eyesight, leaving them vulnerable – especially during the current crisis.
RESTORATION OF EYESIGHT
OBAT Canada has decided to expand our successful and popular Restoration of Eyesight program to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Partnering with Orbis, it is the only known project of its kind and aims to restore the eyesight through surgery of at least 1,000 Rohingya men and women, and provide eyeglasses to countless others.
The Rohingya refugees have already been through so much and continue to live in miserable conditions. For only $55, you can eliminate darkness and bring colour to someone’s life!
ROHINGYA MEDICAL CLINICS
OBAT Primary health facilities provide preventive, promotive and curative services along with simple diagnostic investigations and access to referral facilities. OBAT Primary Health Center in camp 4 is known as the “famous clinic” within the community. We offer a full range of compassionate, comprehensive medical care. A crucial component of the OBAT Primary Health Center is the community-based health workforce ensuring a solid preventative/promotive component whereby community health workers are tasked with ensuring continuum of care between the health facility and the community.
OBAT clinics treat around 400 patients a day and OBAT Canada is providing medication at a cost of $3 per patient.