What are the needs?
Thailand is becoming a major transit country for the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar/Burma and trying to reach Malaysia. Around 120 000 refugees from Myanmar/Burma are hosted in nine camps (temporary shelters) along the border with Myanmar/Burma.
Refugees' primary needs in the camps relate to primary health care, food, shelter, water and sanitation, education and protection. The refugees are officially restricted to the camps and their access to livelihoods is therefore limited.
How are we helping?
The EU has provided humanitarian aid to refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Thailand since 1995, funding mainly food assistance and primary health care. In 2014, €2.8 million were allocated, bringing the total amount in the last 18 years to €116 million.
With ECHO’s funding, rice is being provided to more than 68 000 refugees in three camps. Around 60 000 refugees have access to basic medical services funded by EU in five camps, including immunisation and mother and child care programmes. Health workers also receive training.