The Finnish Red Cross manages a field hospital in Bangladesh

Emilia Kangasluoma / Suomen Punainen Risti
Image: Emilia Kangasluoma / Suomen Punainen Risti

The hospital treats a hundred refugees from Myanmar daily. The field hospital has been operating for an exceptionally long time.

Usually, field hospitals only operate for four months after a disaster, after which the supplies are given to the local health care authorities so that they can continue their operations. 
The aid is intended to assist overworked local operators temporarily after a natural disaster or another type of emergency.
The Finnish Red Cross field hospital opened in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in October 2017.

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People in Cox’s Bazar need long-term aid. The estimated number of refugees living in the area’s camps is between 800,000 and one million. 
The field hospital, founded together with the Norwegian Red Cross, has treated more than 25,000 people since its opening. Over 90 Finnish Red Cross aid workers have worked in the hospital so far. 
Personnel such as technicians, doctors, nurses, logistics staff and financials and communications specialists have been sent to the hospital on assignments ranging from a few weeks to a few months. 
In addition to the Finnish Red Cross workers, more than 500 aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross and 16 national Red Cross societies – from other Nordic countries, Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland, among others – have worked in the hospital.
Besides the 60-bed hospital, the refugee camps also have a travelling clinic where the staff examines people’s health, provides basic aid and sends the more severely ill patients to the field hospital. Pregnant and parturient women are an significant patient group. 
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