In just 2 years, the strip of land south of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh has seen almost unbelievable population growth - from around 15,000 to nearly 1,000,000 people. Temporary camps became complex and busy metropolises. In 2018, the area was noted as one of the most densely populated places on Planet Earth1.
People arrive at the camps exhausted, injured and distraught from a dangerous journey from Myanmar - usually having travelled for over a week by foot. They are often in desperate need of medical aid and humanitarian support.
Camp 4, one of 27 official camps, sprawls across 5 square miles of hills, marshes and rough ground.
Shortly before the main influx of Rohingya refugees, the HOPE Foundation For Women And Children Of Bangladesh link opens in new window had set up a hospital in the area for the local community. Suddenly it found a huge new demand on its doorstep. With incredible skill and great warmth, the HOPE Foundation began to serve this ever-growing community with medical aid.
A mother takes her baby up the steps to the HOPE Field Hospital.
The Vaseline® Healing Project was able to partner with the HOPE Foundation and Direct Relief to provide a dermatological treatment event at the new HOPE Field Hospital in Camp 4.
In overcrowded conditions skin problems are both very common and potentially dangerous. Without treatment, and in damp and dirty environments, wounds cannot heal and infections can spread rapidly. The dermatologists at our event were able to diagnose and treat a huge range of problems. Sometimes simple treatments can make a life-changing difference. Our own Vaseline® jelly was often provided to help protect damaged skin.
Humanitarian support aims to provide families with dignity and hope, as well as medical aid.
1 Based on UNHCR data link opens in new window.