Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health




ISSN: 1745-0179 ― Volume 16, 2020
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Expulsion from the Motherland: Association between Depression & Health-Related Quality of Life for Ethnic Rohingya Living with Refugee Status in Bangladesh



K M Amran Hossain1, Lori M. Walton2, S. M. Yasir Arafat3, Nidiorin Maybee4, Rubel Hossen Sarker5, Shahoriar Ahmed6, *, Feroz Kabir7
1 Department of Physiotherapy, Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), Savar Union, Bangladesh
2 Departmnt of Physiotherapy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
3 Department of Psychiatry, Enam Medical College and Hospital, Savar Union, Bangladesh
4 Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Dhaka, Bangladesh
5 Department of Rehabilitation, Rohingya Humanitarian Responses, Handicap International (Humanity and Inclusion), Dhaka, Bangladesh
6 Department of Physiotherapy, Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA), Dhaka, Bangladesh
7 Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Jashore University of Science & Technology (JUST), Jeshore, Bangladesh

Abstract

Background:

The Rohingyas are an ethnic minority group from Myanmar who have experienced severe forms of violence such as murder, rape, humanitarian defilement and forcible expellation from their motherland. Exposure to trauma has a long-lasting impact on psychological well-being and Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL).

Objective:

The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of depression and association with HRQoL for Rohingya displaced persons.

Methodology:

This was a prospective, cross-sectional study in two refugee camps in Southern Bangladesh, with a structured and language validated questionnaire.

Results:

The study indicates the prevalence of depression was 70% (n=150 respondents), with 8.7% reporting “severe depression” in PHQ-9. WHOQOL-BREF scores were inversely associated with symptoms on the depression scale with a strong and significant correlation (r= 0.652; p<0.01) in total and physical health; psychological (r= 0.757, p<0.01), social relationship (r= 0.479, p<0.01), environment (r= 0.443, p<0.01), increasing age (r= 0.272, p<0.01), severity of depression (r= 0.489, p<0.01). Furthermore, there was a statistically significant correlation with overall quality of life with same variables subsequently (r =0.600, 0.309, 0.482, 0.170, 0.103, 0.272, 0.339; p<0.01), also correlation was observed between married individuals and severity of depression in PHQ (r= 0.346), physical state (r= 0.353), psychological state (r= 0.358), and with social relationship (r= 0.435), with statistical significance (p= <0.01).

Conclusion:

There are higher incidence rates of moderate to severe depression than the population norms and low health-related quality of life than published population norms for Rohingya displaced persons living in refugee camps. Depression rates were inversely associated with HRQoL for Rohingya displaced persons living in refugee camps. Future research may consider the prevention of related medical issues for long term program implementation.

Keywords: Rohingya, Refugee, Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), WHO-QOL BREF, Depression, Psychological state.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 16
First Page: 46
Last Page: 52
Publisher Id: CPEMH-16-46
DOI: 10.2174/1745017902016010046

Article History:

Received Date: 07/12/2019
Revision Received Date: 08/03/2020
Acceptance Date: 08/03/2020
Electronic publication date: 08/05/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Hossain et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Physiotherapy, Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA), Dhaka, Bangladesh; Tel: +8801794859401; E-mail: physio.shahoriar@gmail.com





1. BACKGROUND

The Rohingyas are an ethnic minority group in the Rakhain state of Myanmar that traces their historical roots in the Arakan region from the eleventh century to 1962 [1Farzana KF. Music and artistic artefacts: Symbols of Rohingya identity and everyday resistance in borderlands. ASEAS-Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies 2011; 4(2): 215-36., 2Leider JP. The name, the movement, the quest for identity. Nation Building in Myanmar 2014; 25: 255.]. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported, 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced as refugees in 2014 and 65.3 million in 2015 [3Refugees U. The 1951 Refugee Convention [Internet]. UNHCR 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ 1951-refugee-convention.html-5Refugees U. States of denial: A review of UNHCR's response to the protracted situation of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Esther Kiragu, Angela Li Rosi, Tim Morris, December 2011 [Internet] UNHCR. 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ research/evalreports/ 4ee754c19/states-denial-review-unhcrs-response-protracted-situation-stateless-rohingya.html]. Since 1978, Bangladesh has been working with a humanitarian crisis with the forceful migration of Rohingya from the Rakhine state in Myanmar. Over 1,450,000 refugees have taken shelter in Bangladesh since that time, with the recent influx of over 1,000,000 refugees in 2017 [6Smith M. The Muslim Rohingyas of Burma.Rohingya Reader II 1996.-8UNHCR. Global Appeal 2008-2009 [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ 474ac8da11.pdf]. Now, within the community, 50% people are the second generation of Rohingyas, living the majority of their lives in Bangladesh as refugees [9Holland MS. 10 Years for the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh : Past, Present and Future. MédecinsSansFrontières 2002; 1-45., 10Kiragu E, Rosi A, Morris T. A review of UNHCR’s response to the protracted situation of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ afr/ 4ee754c19.pdf]. Trauma from violence, rape, burning homes, loss of loved ones, forced migration has been experienced by these people. Four hundred and fifty million people suffer from mental health disorders worldwide and among them, 85% are living in low and middle-income countries [11Al-Smadi AM, Tawalbeh LI, Gammoh OS, Ashour AF, Alshraifeen A, Gougazeh YM. Anxiety, stress, and quality of life among Iraqi refugees in Jordan: A cross sectional survey. Nurs Health Sci 2017; 19(1): 100-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12323] [PMID: 28058754]
]. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports depression as one of the leading causes for disability worldwide; approximately 7.5% of all years reported under disability in 2015 are because of depression. The report also ranked depression as the major cause of suicide worldwide [11Al-Smadi AM, Tawalbeh LI, Gammoh OS, Ashour AF, Alshraifeen A, Gougazeh YM. Anxiety, stress, and quality of life among Iraqi refugees in Jordan: A cross sectional survey. Nurs Health Sci 2017; 19(1): 100-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12323] [PMID: 28058754]
]. The prevalence of depression in Bangladesh constitutes 4.4% of the total population [12Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders-Global Health Estimates [Internet]. Appswhoint 2020.https://apps.who.int/ iris/ bitstream/handle/10665/254610/WHO-MSD-MER-2017.2-eng.pdf]. There is importance examining the physical and mental health status of the refugees for planning programs to meet the needs of men, women and children living with refugee status in Bangladesh. One study of refugees who fled from Myanmar to Thailand border reported the incidence of depression as 41% [13Lopes Cardozo B, Talley L, Burton A, Crawford C. Karenni refugees living in Thai-Burmese border camps: Traumatic experiences, mental health outcomes, and social functioning. Soc Sci Med 2004; 58(12): 2637-44.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.09.024] [PMID: 15081211]
]. UNICEF reports indicate that the Rakhaine state has the second highest rate of poverty, representing 43.5% [8UNHCR. Global Appeal 2008-2009 [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ 474ac8da11.pdf] compared to the World Bank report for Myanmar’s national poverty rate of 32.1% in 2015 [14Addison D, Rab H, Boothe R, Sondergaard L, Chawla M, Nthara K. Realigning the union budget to Myanmar’s development priorities: public expenditure review [Internet]. Documentsworldbankorg 2020.cited 31 March 2020 Available from: http://documents.worldbank.org/ curated/en/ 504121467987907393/ Realigning-the-union-budget-to-Myanmar-s-development-priorities-public-expenditure-review]. Limited research has been conducted regarding the psychological health of Rohingya Refugees living in Bangladesh. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and stress disorder are projected to be higher among those living with refugee status compared to the general population because of war, trauma, resettlement, migration. Depression and anxiety may persist for a long time after traumatic experiences and may have a direct impact on HRQoL even after the traumatic stimulus is gone [15Bogic M, Njoku A, Priebe S. Long-term mental health of war-refugees: A systematic literature review. BMC Int Health Hum Rights 2015; 15(1): 29.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12914-015-0064-9] [PMID: 26510473]
]. Some studies report depression among refugees, with a higher risk in those with older age, female gender, poor financial status, scattered family, poor living conditions, substandard HRQo Land physical or mental trauma [11Al-Smadi AM, Tawalbeh LI, Gammoh OS, Ashour AF, Alshraifeen A, Gougazeh YM. Anxiety, stress, and quality of life among Iraqi refugees in Jordan: A cross sectional survey. Nurs Health Sci 2017; 19(1): 100-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12323] [PMID: 28058754]
, 16Uddin N. To Host or To Hurt: Counter-narratives on Rohingya Refugee Issue in Bangladesh. Institute of Culture et Development Research 2012. Available from: https://www.academia.edu/ 2533533/ To_Host_or_To_Hurt_Counter-narratives_on_Rohingya_Refugee_Issue_in_Bangladesh]. Studies on refugees showed that unemployment and lack of social relationships are also strong predictors of Low HRQoL [11Al-Smadi AM, Tawalbeh LI, Gammoh OS, Ashour AF, Alshraifeen A, Gougazeh YM. Anxiety, stress, and quality of life among Iraqi refugees in Jordan: A cross sectional survey. Nurs Health Sci 2017; 19(1): 100-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12323] [PMID: 28058754]
, 17Azad A, Jasmin F. Durable solutions to the protracted refugee situation: The case of Rohingyas in Bangladesh. J Indian Res 2013; 1(4): 25-35., 18Lewa C. North Arakan: An open prison for the Rohingya in Burma. Forced Migr Rev 2009; (32): 11-3.].There is a need to estimate the overall HRQoL for those living in refugee camps to provide a base for future community driven program assessment. This study seeks to explore the prevalence and association between depression and HRQoL for those living in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

2. METHODOLOGY

To meet up the objectives, a prospective, quantitative, cross-sectional study has been employed at the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar and Ukhia Health Camp situated in the southern part of Bangladesh from 16th May, 2018 to 17th July, 2018. One hundred fifty (n=150) Rohingya refugees living within two different base camps in the Cox’s Bazar consented to participate in the study. The data was collected through a pretested questionnaire of Health-Related Quality of life WHOQOL-BREF, translated and back translated into Burmese and a Bangla validated Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 also translated into Burmese. A Burmese interpreter helped during face to face interviews to gather accurate information from each participant. After obtaining data, oneco-researcher recorded all information in digital form through Microsoft Office 2010 and kept it in a password protected file. All data input was performed by independent data entry personnel to reduce bias. All hard copies were kept secured and confidential and soft copies were kept in a password protected file with the primary investigator. Data were analyzed by an experienced statistician, skillful in analyzing data for prevalence and correlation analysis. Statistical tests for finding correlation was performed by Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient between PHQ scores and WHOQOL scores. Prevalence was calculated for both depression and HRQoL.

3. RESULTS

Among 150 respondents, 53.3% (n=80) were male and 46.7% (n=70) were female. Most of the participants were in their 3rd decade of life that consisted of 22.7% (n=34), followed by 20% (n=30) in between 40-49 years and 15.3% (n=23) in between 50-59 years. Sixty-five percent (n=98) of the respondents were married and 20% (n=30) were unmarried and 14.7% (n=22) reported widow status. Among all respondents, 72% (n=108) participants reported literacy challenges and 28% (n=42) reported literacy. Forty percent (n=61) participants identified as housewives and 28% (n=42) participants reported “unemployed status”; 51.3% (n=77) lived with their nuclear family and 48.7% (n=73) lived with extended family (Table 1). The majority of the participants (35.3%) had moderately severe depression; 33.3% had moderate depression; 18% had mild depression; 4.7% had minimal depression; and 8.7% had severe depression according to the PHQ-9 and health questionnaire. The severity was calculated based on the PHQ-9 scale score distribution as mentioned; 0-4 minimal depression, 5-9 mild depression, 10-14 moderate depression, 15-19 moderately severe depression, and 20-27 severe depression [19Chowdhury AN, Ghosh S, Sanyal D. Bengali adaptation of brief patient health questionnaire for screening depression at primary care. J Indian Med Assoc 2004; 102(10): 544-7.
[PMID: 15887819]
, 20Kochhar PH, Rajadhyaksha SS, Suvarna VR. Translation and validation of brief patient health questionnaire against DSM IV as a tool to diagnose major depressive disorder in Indian patients. J Postgrad Med 2007; 53(2): 102-7.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0022-3859.32209] [PMID: 17495375]
]. Relatively, 108 respondents reported having literacy challenges; among those who identified as having literacy challenges, 26% reported moderately severe depression and 7.3% reported severe depression. Forty-two respondents identified as literate, among them,the majority of the participants also reported moderate depression and moderately severe depression, with21% and 3%, respectively (Fig. 1). Moreover, 96 respondents were married; among them, the majority of the participants had moderate depression (54%) and severe depression was 3%. Thirty respondents were unmarried; among those who identified as unmarried, 21% reported having moderately severe depression and 4.5% reported severe depression. Twenty-four respondents were widowed, and 12% reported moderately severe depression and 12% reported severe depression. Minimal depression was only reported in married women.

In this study, theme an overall HRQoL found 1.75±0.87, revealed that 95% of respondents lead “very poor” to “neither poor nor good” quality of life state (p<0.001). Similarly, most of the refugees are dissatisfied with health 2.13±0.85 (P= <0.001). Mobility (1.90 ± 0.86) was also rated low by the sample, reflecting a need for most of the refugees to have more room for “mobility”. Mentioning the psychological state, poorer life enjoyment, meaningless of life, self-esteem and negative feeling have a very strong association (p<0.001). The social relationship and environment were neither “good” nor “satisfactory level”, indicating social and environmental challenges.

There is strong correlation (p<0.01) among WHO QOL total and physical health (r= 0.652), psychological (r= 0.757), social relationship (r= 0.479), environment (r= 0.443), increasing age (r= 0.272), severity of depression (r= 0.489). Moreover, there are significant correlation with overall quality of life with physical health (r= 0.309), psychological state (r= 0.482), social relationship (r= 0.170), increasing age (r= 0.272) and depression (r= 0.339) with statistical significance (P= <0.05) (Table 2). Furthermore, there is a correlation between married individuals with severity of depression in PHQ (r= 0.346, p= <0.01), depression in PHQ with physical state (r= 0.353, p= 0.<01), psychological state (r= 0.358, p= <0.01), and social relationship (r=435, p= <0.01) (Table 3).

Fig. (1)
PHQ-9: Patient Health Questionnaire Severity Distribution. Literate has been defined as participants who have at least primary education and can sign his/her name and Illiterate defined by participants who have below primary education and unable to sign his/her name.


Table 1
Distribution of demographic variables of the respondents (n=150).


Table 2
Correlation between WHOQOL-BREF total and domain scores with other measures (n =150).


Table 3
Correlation among variables.


4. DISCUSSION

The study was intended to find out the prevalence, level of depression and associated quality of life in Rohingya Refugees living in Bangladesh. As the respondents were 9 to 86 years old, the demographics revealed diverse facts upon their socio-cultural diversities. The study revealed, most of the migrant refugees in Bangladesh border were in active and productive age period (30-49) and male or female migrants were more or less the same [11Al-Smadi AM, Tawalbeh LI, Gammoh OS, Ashour AF, Alshraifeen A, Gougazeh YM. Anxiety, stress, and quality of life among Iraqi refugees in Jordan: A cross sectional survey. Nurs Health Sci 2017; 19(1): 100-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12323] [PMID: 28058754]
]. The majority of the refugees reported literacy challenges. This was not surprising, as Rohingyas receive almost no support for basic education in Myanmar, nor in Bangladesh [21Myanmar [Internet]. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. 2020. Available from: http://www.healthdata.org/ myanmar, 22Masud A, Ahmed M, Sultana M, Alam S, Kabir R, Arafat S, et al. Health Problems and Health Care Seeking Behaviour of Rohingya Refugees. Journal of Medical Research and Innovation 2017; 1(1): 21-9.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.15419/jmri.27]
]. The occupations of most of the females identified as housewives and males worked in agriculture or labor-based occupations. This is similar to a study that [22Masud A, Ahmed M, Sultana M, Alam S, Kabir R, Arafat S, et al. Health Problems and Health Care Seeking Behaviour of Rohingya Refugees. Journal of Medical Research and Innovation 2017; 1(1): 21-9.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.15419/jmri.27]
] found Rohingya refugees on the Thai border reported agriculture or labor-based occupations. In the refugee camps, more than half of the migrants lived without family, we speculate this may be because of lost family members in the violence prior to migrating from Rakhaine [8UNHCR. Global Appeal 2008-2009 [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ 474ac8da11.pdf, 22Masud A, Ahmed M, Sultana M, Alam S, Kabir R, Arafat S, et al. Health Problems and Health Care Seeking Behaviour of Rohingya Refugees. Journal of Medical Research and Innovation 2017; 1(1): 21-9.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.15419/jmri.27]
-24OHCHR . Brutal attacks on Rohingya meant to make their return almost impossible – UN human rights report [Internet]. Ohchrorg 2018. Available from: https://www.ohchr.org/ EN/ NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?LangID=E&NewsID=22221]. UNHCR states, now 50% of the total Rohingyas are living in Rakhaine and another 50% migrated to neighboring countries.

Exploring the depression level, almost 70% of Rohingya refugees reported moderately severe depression and 8.7% lived with severe depression state with devastating thoughts about life. The cumulative percentage of moderate to severe depression is 77.3% among Rohingya Refugees. This situation has clinical indications for the management of depression. Depression and age were found to be strongly associated, with the active young adult facing the worst form of depression. The state for those who identified as illiterate, female or a widow was even more dismal. The study exposes the emerging demand for psychological support, aid and treatment for mental health issues for more than 8 out of 10 Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh [10Kiragu E, Rosi A, Morris T. A review of UNHCR’s response to the protracted situation of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ afr/ 4ee754c19.pdf, 25Cheung S. ‘Migration Control and the Solutions Impasse in South and Southeast Asia: Implications from the Rohingya Experience’. J Refug Stud 2011; 25(1): 50-70.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fer048]
, 26Al Imran HF, Mian N. The Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: A vulnerable group in law and policy. J Stud Soc Sci 2014; 8(2)]. The psychological state and depression level are the worst situations among all the refugees in the world in comparison to Afghanistan, Syria, West Africa and Iraq [27Georgiadou E, Morawa E, Erim Y. High manifestations of mental distress in arabic asylum seekers accommodated in collective centers for refugees in Germany. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017; 14(6): 612.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14060612] [PMID: 28590438]
, 28Carta MG, Oumar FW, Moro MF, et al. Trauma and stressor related disorders in the tuareg refugees of a cAMP in burkina faso. Clin Pract Epidemiol Ment Health 2013; 9(1): 189-95.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1745017901309010189] [PMID: 24285982]
]. To estimate the depression level with several psycho-social components, this study found inverse relationships betweenliteracy level and marriage status for women, suggesting lower rates of marriage for more educated women [12Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders-Global Health Estimates [Internet]. Appswhoint 2020.https://apps.who.int/ iris/ bitstream/handle/10665/254610/WHO-MSD-MER-2017.2-eng.pdf]. This study also suggested similar findings inverse relationship between marriage status and depression. The widow was found to be more severely depressed, with “minimum depression” found more in married people and “moderately severe” depression found in mostly unmarried refugees, suggesting the social/family component to be a strong facilitator of resilience in the midst of traumatic experiences. Females reported more “severe depression” state than males, we speculated this may be because of the higher report of sexual violence, rape and ethnic cleansing acts against females compared to males in the study [10Kiragu E, Rosi A, Morris T. A review of UNHCR’s response to the protracted situation of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ afr/ 4ee754c19.pdf, 28Carta MG, Oumar FW, Moro MF, et al. Trauma and stressor related disorders in the tuareg refugees of a cAMP in burkina faso. Clin Pract Epidemiol Ment Health 2013; 9(1): 189-95.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1745017901309010189] [PMID: 24285982]
, 29Shirazi M, Caynan K. A narrative account of the life experiences of older somali refugee women. Open Fam Stud J 2016; 8(1): 21-6.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874922401608010021]
].

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to determine the level of depression among Rohingyar efugees. A similar study on refugees was conducted in Germany to determine the Psychological state for Arabic speaking refugees [27Georgiadou E, Morawa E, Erim Y. High manifestations of mental distress in arabic asylum seekers accommodated in collective centers for refugees in Germany. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017; 14(6): 612.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14060612] [PMID: 28590438]
]. WHO-QOL Brief Questionnaire was used to determine the HRQoL associated with depression, similar to a study that used WHO-QOL Brief revealed HRQoL among migrated Iranian refugees [30Ekblad S, Abazari A, Eriksson N. Migration stress-related challenges associated with perceived quality of life: A qualitative analysis of Iranian refugees and Swedish patients. Transcult Psychiatry 1999; 36(3): 329-45.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/136346159903600307]
].

The Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh reported living the worst estimated health-related quality of life category determined by the World Health Organization. The majority of Rohingyas reported leading poor quality of life, ranging from “very poor” to “neither good nor poor” state, with none of the respondents reporting a normal HRQoL. There were no studies available on HRQoL for Rohingya living in Bangladesh, with very little reported about their state in Rakhaine. UNHCR and the World Bank reported Rakhaine to have the highest open defecation rate, lowest primary education and parental care constituting 40.7%, 31.7% and 1.3% [10Kiragu E, Rosi A, Morris T. A review of UNHCR’s response to the protracted situation of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [Internet]. Unhcrorg 2020. Available from: https://www.unhcr.org/ afr/ 4ee754c19.pdf, 14Addison D, Rab H, Boothe R, Sondergaard L, Chawla M, Nthara K. Realigning the union budget to Myanmar’s development priorities: public expenditure review [Internet]. Documentsworldbankorg 2020.cited 31 March 2020 Available from: http://documents.worldbank.org/ curated/en/ 504121467987907393/ Realigning-the-union-budget-to-Myanmar-s-development-priorities-public-expenditure-review]. The study reports indicate that Rohingyas were mostly dissatisfied with their health-related state. The refugees in Bangladesh reported a higher level of depression and lower health-related quality of life compared to norm standard scores across all age groups. Future research should consider mental health support programs focused on improving literacy for women who live within the refugee camps, focusing on social programs and environmental changes to facilitate resilience and reduce depression, specifically in unmarried women, with low literacy abilities.

CONCLUSION

This study explored a higher than the standard prevalence of depression and a strong negative correlation with health-related quality of life among a group of ethnic Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in Southern Bangladesh. This study indicates a need for mental and social health services to be focused on providing mental health counseling, social programs and environmental change assessment for refugees living in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

ETHICS APPROVAL AND CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

The approval was obtained from the Institutional review board of Bangladesh Institute of Physiotherapy and Research, the academic organ of Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS

Not applicable.

CONSENT FOR PUBLICATION

During data collection, the participants were explained about the purpose and goal of the study before collecting data and consent was obtained in their own language by a translator.

AVAILABILITY OF DATA AND MATERIALS

Not applicable.

FUNDING

None.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors declare no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors acknowledge S.M. Iftekhar Alam, Ahnaf Al Mukit, Md. Saruar Hossain Bhuiyan, IffatAraEla, and Taspia Tabassum for their entire support.

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