Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most urgent priorities for saving lives, containing disease outbreaks, and protecting people already affected by malnutrition. So far, UNHCR has built over 3,500 new latrines and 320 safe water wells in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, while our target is to build and maintain 20,000 latrines in order to bring the densely populated camps up to safe standards.
UNHCR is supporting 25 health facilities that provide essential care to more than 250,000 refugees and members of the host community, with a further five ambulances in operation and a wealth of outreach services supported by 230 newly trained community health workers. However, given the overwhelming needs on the ground, we urgently need to secure 10 further ambulances and 170 additional staff.
UNHCR works with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that all refugees have access to adequate nutrient-rich food. In acute situations such as the Rohingya crisis, where 24% of refugees are suffering from malnutrition, and almost half of children under five affected by severe stunting and anaemia, we are supporting emergency nutrition and therapeutic feeding programs through our 21 malnutrition centres reaching approximately 1,500 children a month.
Through our primary health centres and 35 trained maternal staff, we are supporting 55 safe births a month, and as many as 650 ante-natal and follow up appointments. With an estimated 52,800 pregnant and lactating women in the camps, where only one-fifth of women are giving birth with a trained attendant present, we are working on expanding the reach of our maternal services, especially to those vulnerable to malnutrition.
Education is a crucial part of refugee relief, even in emergencies. School provides a safe and stable environment for children, restoring their sense of normality and routine, and allowing them and their families to receive important health and safety messages. Education also helps people rebuild their communities and pursue productive, meaningful lives.