The Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) is preparing to send a medical unit assist displaced people as well as local people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. At the initiative of the Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka, an assessment team was dispatched to Cox’s Bazar from 4-7 June 2018.

The TRCS assessment team—led by Mr. Sawanit Kongsiri (Assistant Secretary General for External Relations) and consisting of TRCS medical personnel—assessed the medical needs and located the areas where the medical unit deployment would be of utmost benefit. The team surveyed altogether five health facilities in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Teknaf, and Ukhia. Additionally, the team met with representatives from relevant organizations such as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society; all of whom graciously welcomed the deployment plan and offered their support.

At the suggestion of the Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka, TRCS is set to deploy the medical unit in late August in its initial phase, focusing on mother and child health care which will serve the most vulnerable group among the displaced people.

Photos and story by Thai Red Cross Society