Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. Refugees have settled in overcrowded, unplanned settlements, vulnerable to cyclones and monsoon rains. Hundreds of thousands of refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid and the crisis has also affected Bangladeshi host communities, placing pressure on services as well as social cohesion.
IMPACT, through REACH, has been active in the Cox’s Bazar refugee response since 2017. REACH’s activities have focused on infrastructure mapping and monitoring, sector-specific and multisectoral assessments, and disaster preparedness. Prior to 2017, REACH teams were deployed to Bangladesh in 2013 in the wake of Cyclone Mahasen to conduct a rapid assessment in support of the Shelter, WASH and Early Recovery Clusters.