In a community susceptible to high health risks due to distance to existing healthcare facilities and lack of available services at night, IOM is working with BPRM, ECHO, and SIDA to contribute to improving health conditions in Leda, home to over 15,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals and 8,000 host community members.
As recently as September 2016, the 15,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs) and the 8,000 host community members (HCs) that live in the Leda village of Teknaf Upazila in Cox’s Bazar could only go to the Leda Community Clinic (LCC) to receive healthcare services. This was twice the caseload the LCC was used to treating daily – increasing from 50 to over 100 with 40% of the patients UMNs – affecting the services provided and the quality of care.
A needs assessment carried out in 2015 identified that the distance to the LCC and lack of available services at night were among the key barriers for people in the area to access adequate healthcare services.
“People in our community are forced to rely on nearby pharmacies for medical advice, because the Community Clinic operates only during the day,” notes the Camp Management Committee (CMC) of Leda Makeshift Settlement (LMS).
Since February 2015, IOM has been supporting the LCC to provide services to an ever increasing clientele. Feasibility of further expansion of the LCC to provide extended services, however, is limited due to distance and logistics. So to adequately address the healthcare needs of the community required establishing an additional facility in the vicinity that operates longer hours.
In line with previous discussions to establish a standalone clinic in Leda, IOM requested its humanitarian development partners ECHO, BPRM, and Sida for funding to provide comprehensive primary healthcare and nutritional services.
RESULTS TO DATE
Before-and-after transformation of the clinic can be seen in this video.