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YPSA, an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)

Integrated Humanitarian Response to the needs of older men and women amongst Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN)

AFS Committee Orientation
Recreation- (Female)
Age-friendly Kit distributing by Chief Executive of YPSA
Doctor examine a older patient at Eye Camp
Eye Camp Registration-(Male)
Group work during Training
Awareness on Diabetes control
Emergency Preparedness Training
Glass distributed to OP
Age-friendly Kit distribution
HelpAge Personel at AFS
Location of AFS in Cox'sbazar, Bangladesh
Age-friendly Kit distribution
Prize distribution of Ludu competition
Ludu competition between older woman
Rohingya at Age 105
Outreach by a Counselor
Outreach by a Paramedic
Outreach by Physiotherapist
Older people playing game
Paramedic activity
Winter cloth distribution to displaced Rrohingya
Pharmacy activity
Physiotherapy at AFS
Protection Committee Orientation
Recreation (Male)-01
Team Meeting at AFS
WASH Committee Orientation


Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven an estimated 693,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. There are now a total of 883 868 Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) in Bangladesh. Generations of statelessness imposed vulnerabilities on these people even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The people and Government of Bangladesh welcomed them with resounding generosity and open borders. The speed and scale of the influx was nonetheless a challenge, and the humanitarian community stepped up its support to help mitigate a critical humanitarian emergency. The humanitarian response is also designed to mitigate impacts on the Bangladeshi communities most directly affected by the influx and improve their ability to cope with the strains of hosting nearly a million people. Months later, refugees remain forced to rely upon humanitarian assistance for their basic needs. They live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the early rains, monsoon and cyclone seasons. Many refugees have expressed anxiety about their future in light of media reports of discussions on returns, explaining that they would not agree to return until questions of citizenship, legal rights, access to services, justice and restitution are addressed.

Humanitarian crises affect each person differently depending on their gender, age, disability and other personal characteristics. Older people and people with disabilities are often overlooked in humanitarian relief and response and they may find it harder than others to access the assistance and protection they need. YPSA has been ensuring different development activities through greater Chottogram since 1985. YPSA has been implementing different Social development activities in Cox’s Bazar since 2008. YPSA also implementing a project named “Integrated Humanitarian Response to the needs of older men and women amongst Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN)” making an Age Friendly Space (AFS) to provide primary health, WASH and protection services under the cooperation of HelpAge International, Bangladesh (HAIBD). The target group of the project is Older People of Rohingya (Aged 50 +) and the purpose of the project is “: Improved access to the life saving and life- improving integrated humanitarian services for older men and women and their families amongst the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN)”.

Target Group                    : Older People of Rohingya (Aged 50 +)

Target Population          : (6000 + 4500)

Project Started                : 15 October, 2017

Funded By                         : HelpAge International Bangladesh

Project Working Area (YPSA):

  • Camp -11-For Rohingya Community
  • Camp-12-For Rohingya Community
  • Camp-13-For Rohingya Community
  • Rahmater Bill (Male)-For Host Community
  • Rahmater Bill (Female)-For Host Community

Some key top line findings:

  • 72% of older people indicated that they are responsible for caring for family members or others
  • 78% of older women and 71% of older men with a disability reported feeling unsafe
  • 90% of older people reported being ill or requiring some kind of medical assistance
  • 74% of older people reported physical constraints to accessing health services
  • 80% of older people reported multiple chronic conditions and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • 74% of older people reported diarrheal disease as a major health concern but 42% reported unsatisfactory access to hand washing facilities and 61% reported unsatisfactory access to latrines. Physical access and privacy were major concerns for both latrine and bathing shelter access
  • 3 of the 6 Washington Group questions on disability were asked and 35% of respondents reported difficulty walking, 50% reported using or needing a walking stick. Nationally in Bangladesh it is estimated that at least 40% of older people are living a disability and it is expected that this figure is higher amongst the Rohingya community.

Source: HelpAge International, Bangladesh

Broad activities in current project:

  • Primary health service
  • Psychosocial counseling and support
  • Physiotherapy service
  • Information service
  • Capacity building and empowerment
  • Recreation service
  • WASH Service
  • Protection Service
  • Referral service
  • Age friendly toilet
  • Age friendly washing point
  • Linkage with other service providers (For Registration, Shelter/NFI, FI, WASH and Health)
  • Winter item distribution
  • Age friendly kit distribution
  • Pure drinking water facility
  • ORT corner
  • Disable patient caring service
  • Nebulizing facility
  • Diabetic test facility
  • Case and complain management
  • Advocacy for Sensitization
  • Awareness among the OP
  • Mapping of other providers

Major achievement:

  • Data collected of 9705 older peoples
  • Staff Recruited
  • Training provided to staff
  • 24 Volunteer recruited from Rohingya Community
  • 38 OP representative recruited
  • 3 Age Friendly Spaces setup and functioning
  • Nebulizing services
  • Diabetic test
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Winter cloth distributed to 2650 Older People
  • Organize Eye Camp – Total benificiaries-362, Operation-84
  • Distribute Age Friendly KITs (Prayer mat, Solar torchlight, Umbrella, Stick, Sandal, Commode chair, Urine pot, Medicine box, etc.) – 1000 Older People
  • Provide Primary Medicine
  • Recreational Activity
  • Photi Pather Ashar
  • Awareness Session on different Issues
  • International Women Day’18 Celebration

Destination of the project:

  • Reduced mortality and morbidity amongst older men and women of the refugee population through increased access to integrated health services
  • Exposure of older men and women to communicable diseases is reduced by provision of access to safe, appropriate and dignified WASH services at AFS
  • Older men and women have access to safe and dignified spaces in which to access to Protection services and recreational activities via AFS and Community Based Protection services
  • Both government and nongovernmental humanitarian actors have knowledge, capacity and willingness to provide inclusive services for older men and women