Operation Brief

The scale of the Rohingya crisis has outpaced the international humanitarian community. It is estimated that the refugee camps in Bangladesh are housing approximately 1 million displaced people including thousands of elderly, women and children. Conditions in the camps are poor and there is a significant need for medical aid and humanitarian assistance.

The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority from the Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma). They make up ~ 2% of the country’s population. They have been systematically stripped off of their citizenship and basic human rights since 1977 when Myanmar launched the “Naga Min” operation. Racially motivated violence against the Rohingya had started even before this time. Since the 1977 Myanmar military action, over 1 million Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries in Asia, with a vast majority of them seeking shelter in an area known as Cox’s Bazaar – a district in Bangladesh.

On August 25, 2017 the Rohingya Arsa militants attacked several police posts in Rakhine state. In response, the Myanmar military launched what it called a “clearance operation,” which was essentially a pseudonym for ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. Since August of 2017, over 500,000 Rohingya women, children, and men have fled the Rakhine State region; 58% of these refugees have been children and close to 60% of the adult refugees have been women. Most Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs. Now, close to 800,000 refugees have set up camps in difficult terrains with little access to safe drinking water, food, shelter, or healthcare. The need for aid with this vastly growing humanitarian crisis has been overwhelming.

MedGlobal’s most recent work has been in the refugee camps of Bangladesh serving the Rohingya community. Our volunteers have been on the ground since the beginning of this ethnic cleansing and we are sending weekly medical missions to give necessary aid to Rohingya refugees. Currently focusing on primary care, women’s health, malnutrition, dehydration, infectious disease, and pediatrics.


915,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar – Rohingya

1.3 million including 703,000 children in need of health assistance in Cox’s Bazar

200,000 refugees at immediate risk this monsoon season

MedGlobal in Rohingya

MedGlobal team has been deployed to Rohingya since 201X, providing

  • Urgent and Primary Care Services
  • Women & Children Healthcare
  • Malnutrition Treatment
  • Infectious Disease Treatment
  • Local Health Worker Training


Volunteer on This Mission

We are currently sending weekly teams of 4-10 medical personnel to the MedGlobal clinic near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. We are recruiting medical professionals who can work in a Primary Care setting with preference for the following:

Internal Medicine Physician Assistants OB-GYN
Famliy Practice Nurse Practitioners Emergency Room
General Practitioners Paramedics Infectious Disease

Any other specialists will be considered in the application process but should be ready to work in a Primary Care capacity if selected. Volunteers must commit to a minimum stay of 7 days. We recommend longer deployments if possible.

MedGlobal needs your continued support to help provide high quality medical care for the most underserved communities around the world. Your donations will plant a smile on a child, relieve the pain of a woman, reduce the stress of an elder, and help support those who have already suffered so much to breathe a little easier.