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The Humanitarian Emergency

The Rohingya are a minority Muslim population from Rakhine State, Myanmar, who are denied citizenship, rendering them stateless and facing discrimination and poverty. Since 25th August 2017, targeted violence and human rights abuses have caused an estimated 687,000 people to flee across the border into Bangladesh.

Refugees arrive with very few possessions and must rely on humanitarian assistance for food and shelter. Conditions in the refugee camps are dire, and access to safe drinking water and sanitation is extremely limited. Women and children make up a large proportion of the refugee population: 60% are children, while the IOM estimates that there are over 58,700 pregnant women living in the makeshift camps. The refugee community are highly vulnerable to the spread of communicable and water-borne diseases, while many are still recovering from the physical and psychological wounds inflicted during the violence in Myanmar.

The MOAS Mission

MOAS arrived in Bangladesh on 3rd September 2017 and immediately conducted an in-depth needs assessment of the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Recognising the desperate need for food among the recent arrivals, on 1st October 2017 the Phoenix completed the first of two aid deliveries, transporting a total of 40 tonnes of rations.

MOAS has established two ‘Aid Stations’, field clinics where Rohingya refugees can receive primary and secondary medical care and where the host Bangladeshi community can access our emergency services. The first Aid Station was launched on the 14th October 2017 in the fishing community of Shamlapur, close to where refugees arrive by sea, while the second was opened on 10th November 2017 to serve the remote refugee settlement of Unchiprang.

The Aid Stations offer comprehensive services from triage to pharmacy, with a focus on providing life-saving reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child healthcare. Each Station is equipped with a recovery suite, a maternity room, a surgical area, and an ambulance.

Our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and logisticians treat up to 300 people every day for a multitude of conditions including trauma, acute respiratory illnesses, severe gastric distress, severe malnutrition and fatigue. Reflecting the huge number of young people living in the refugee camps, over 40% of our patients are children.

You can learn more about our team and how our Aid Stations work on our blog.


Andaman Sea Mission 2018

MOAS is deploying the Phoenix to the Andaman Sea to conduct a one-month observation mission, following emerging reports that Rohingya refugees are attempting to flee Myanmar by sea in unsafe vessels and dangerous weather.

The MOAS team on board the Phoenix will undertake independent monitoring of this deeply concerning development. The mission aims to improve situational awareness of conditions in the Andaman and will serve to increase the transparency and accountability of maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) in the region. In line with MOAS’ founding principle that no-one deserves to die at sea, our experienced SAR team will be on board ready to assist in the case of emergency, determined as always to mitigate the loss of life.

This new mission will run in parallel to MOAS’ work on the ground in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. You can support our work in the Andaman here.


Want to get involved?

MOAS is looking for volunteer medical staff to join our team in Cox’s Bazar. If you think you can be of assistance to our humanitarian efforts, email your CV with a cover letter to

MOAS needs constant support to keep aid flowing into the camps and distribution centres in and around Cox’s Bazar. You can join the MOAS family by donating whatever you can or fundraising for our Bangladeshi mission to ensure we are able to keep getting assistance to those who so desperately need it.

A Lifeline To Save Lives

No one should have to risk their life to reach safety: that’s why MOAS continues to provide aid and assistance along the world’s most dangerous migration routes.