Since August 2017, more than 914,000 people have from Myanmar's Rakhine state have fled to Bangladesh after an escalation of violence. Most of the refugees, around 80 per cent, are women, children and babies.

The bulk of those who have fled are living in makeshift camps, fields and muddy paths in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh across from the Myanmar border.

This scale of influx is putting enormous strain on the Bangladesh government and local communities who are already facing poverty.

People are in desperate need of shelter, food, clean water and sanitation and health services. A large number of children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition and there is also fear of a cholera outbreak. Women and girls in particular are at serious risk. CARE’s team have met women who have shared horrific stories of sexual violence, including rape and trafficking, experienced in their journey to escape Myanmar.


  • CARE's support has reached approximately 193,000 people, 55% of which are women and girls
  • Alongside shelter and site management, CARE is working hard to ensure ongoing delivery of quality water, sanitation and hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, and protection services throughout the monsoon
  • CARE and partners have set up health centers offering primary and reproductive health services, free medicine, referrals to other hospitals, and ambulance services
  • Children under five with malnutrition are receiving treatment and services through nutrition centres with CARE-trained staff
  • Safe spaces for women and girls and information booths have been established to offer a place for socializing and counselling for refugee women

CARE has worked in Bangladesh since 1949, and has extensive experience responding to humanitarian disasters. CARE has worked in Cox’s Bazar district, where most refugees have sought shelter, for many years, working in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and emergency response. In the last five years, CARE Bangladesh has supported more than 450,000 people with life-saving assistance.