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Educo Bangladesh has launched a COVID-19 emergency response to help ensure vulnerable children and their families survive the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing cash support, food packs, and health hygiene support to 7,684 struggling families.

As in many parts of the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Bangladesh has reached more than 55,000, including 746 deaths (IEDCR, as of 3 June 2020). Educo also expressed concerns over the impact of low-income families being unable to earn for their children and themselves during the lockdown.

Humanitarian Assistance to the Amphan Affected People Living in Southern Parts of Bangladesh

20 May 2020, Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bangldeash and for this effect 26 people were lost  their lives and that 7 people were injured. According to reports of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), 330,667 houses were damaged including 55,667 totally destroyed in nine (9) most impacted districts: Khulna, Satkhira, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Noakhali, Bagerhat and Jessore. The cyclone led to the internal displacement of 100,000 people.

After the Cyclone Amphan landfall in Bangladesh, the humanitarian organizations conducted Joint Need Assessment to assess the damage, people need and priority areas that needed for survival and recovery of the affected people. Considering the Joint Need Assessment report findings Educo Bangladesh distributed food, cash grants, hygienic packs, education materials, repaired tube-well and water tank to the mostly affected people in Khulna and Shatkhira districts.

1,365 people received food support from the project. The food support included 20 KG rice, 4 KG lentils, 4 KG potato, 4 Litre oil, 2 KG salt and 4 KG sugar. Project also supported 2500 families though mobile money transfer. Selected each beneficiary received BDT 2440.00 through mobile money transfer for buying emergency food and other necessary supplies for their children and family members.

Additionally, each 1,365 people received hygiene package and safety materials. This included 1 bucket with tap and lid (16L), 5 soap (125g), 5 packets of 200-gram detergent powder, 20 surgical masks and COVID awareness leaflet. During distribution, for ensuring safety from COVID 19, the project ensured social distancing at the spot and wearing of mask. There were also opportunities to wash hand at spot.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and water logging situation of Koyra partner organization also supplied hygiene pack and safety materials to the selected 1,365 HHs. Each HHs got 20 pcs. of masks, 01 kg Detergent, 02 packets of a sanitary napkin, 06 pcs soaps, and 01 pc 18-liter bucket.

Educational materials were also provided to the 2,550 children of 1,275 families. They received 6 exercise books, 2 packet colour pencils, 4 pencils, 4 erasers and 2 pencil cutters each. It was provided to their parents. JJS also distributed educational materials among 2,550 students of the project targeted HHs. Each student got 03 notebooks, 02 pencils, 01 eraser, 01 sharpeners, and 01 color pencil box. Before the distribution, JJS informed the Upazilla Education Office.

Project also repaired/construct 4 tube wells and plinth of the tube wells for the cyclone affected people.

Partner provided with 65 Liter water tank among 232 families for storing water. These 232 families were selected among initially selected 1275 HHs considering having more vulnerable criteria e.g   disability, old aged and source of drinking water is 30 minutes away (SDG indicators). JJS also provided with 100-liter water storage tanks among the 200 HHs selected from 1275 targeted HHs considering their water crisis.

Emergency Response to the flood affected people in Bangladesh

Due to heavy rainfall and fresh onrush of water from upstream, most of the north, middle and north-west parts of Bangladesh were fully inundated which tuned to catastrophic flooding in July 2020. Accounting to Joint Need Assessment Report, 102 upazilas and 654 unions have been inundated by flood water, affecting 3.3 million people and leaving 7,31,958 people waterlogged. Household food security and livelihood severely affected due to loss of employment and damage of food stock due to inundation. Household food availability and utilization of food is challenged as 92% reported difficulty in cooking food.

Through this project, Educo distributed direct food support to 4,100 most vulnerable households at Janjira and Shariatpur Sadar upazila under Shariatpur District and Sirajgonj Sadar and Kazipur sub-district under Sirajgonj District.  The direct food support contains Rice (BR-29 fresh, Boiled) – 15 KG, Potato- 3 KG, Pulse (Lentil) – 2 KG, Edible Oil (Teer) – 1 Litre, Salt (Molla Salt)- 1 KG Sugar – 1 KG. Hygiene packs were also distributed to the same 4,100 most vulnerable people.  In each hygiene pack there were Soap (125 gm, Bathing) – 2 pcs, Detergent Powder (Wheel Fresh and Clean) – 1 KG, Sanitary Napkin (Joya) – 2 Packet (16 Pcs Belt), Mask – 10 Pcs (Disposable Surgical Mask), Water Purification Tablet – 20 Pcs and leaflet for Covid-19 and children protection in emergency.

Fire Response at Rohingya refugee camps (Camp 8E, 8W and Camp 09) in Ukhiya under Cox’s Bazar

A devastating fire broke out in three Rohingya refugee camps Camp 8E, 8W and Camp 09 in Ukhiya under Cox’s Bazar district on 22 March 2021. Reported 13 death and leaving more than 10,100 households without shelter and immediate needs of the 48,300 individuals who lost their homes and personal belongings. Among the Fire affected 21 Sub-blocks, Educo works at 16 Sub-blocks where 14 Sub-blocks are fully damaged and 02 partially damaged by fire incident at camp 8E.

Educo conducted a Rapid Need Assessment to identify immediate needs, support and develop a response plan. The following activities were undertaken so far-

  • Educo supported psychological first aid and distributed biscuit and juice to 1602 children, adolescent and caregivers. Supported to identify the lost and missing child and their reunification with the guidance of child protection camp focal at camp 8E immediately the next day of the fire incident.
  • Dried Food Packages contain Biscuit, puffed rice and sugar have been distributed to 800 household of Camp 8E and 8W to ensure the people affected can feed themselves and their family members.
  • Clothes Packages have been distributed to 2000 beneficiaries of Camp 8E and 8W.
  • NFI Packages have been distributed to 400 household of Camp 8E.
  • El Corte Ingles joint the Educo lead fire response initiative with donating 21 Boxes of clothes, later the Spanish Embassy also provided 9 more boxes. The clothes were repackaged into 404 packages and distributed, with these total 1616 children, adolescent girls and boys and adults were benefited.

Country Director of Educo Bangladesh Abdul Hamid says:

“We know that the ordeal is far from over even when the national lockdown has been eased, especially that many informal and subsistence wage earners have lost their jobs. We know from experience that loss of income for many vulnerable families will have lasting impact on the well-being and health of children. They are also most affected now that schools have been closed and many children do not have access to learning alternatives.”

Educo’s humanitarian response has provided 5,414 vulnerable families with 1,000 taka each, including families of children studying in Educo schools living in Dhaka’s slums and Narayangonj districts; and children and families supported by the organization’s anti-child labor project ODHIKAR (Options for Dignity of Human Being by Influencing Key Actors to Reform). In Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabgonj districts, Educo distributed life-saving food packs containing 10 kg rice, 2kg dal (pulses), 1 litre oil, 3 kg potatoes, and 1kg salt to 1,000 plain land Adibashi families, many of whom are vulnerable and marginalized.

To support the underprivileged children living in different brothels of Rajbari and Faridpur, Educo provided 1,270 food and hygiene kit packages (Rice 5 kg, Dal 2kg, oil 1litre, Potato 3 kg, Salt 1 kg, Detergent 01 KG, 01 Soap, 01 mask) and 280 child-food support packages containing 1kg sugar, 500g semolina, 250g milk and biscuits. The organization has implemented the response with the support of its three partners, namely Echo-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Sachetan, and Shapla Mohila Shangstha (SMS).

Educo appreciates the efforts of Bangladesh Government and stands in solidarity to ensure the well-being and protection of the most vulnerable children under these challenging circumstances. In future, Educo will continue its humanitarian programmes for the greater well-being of children and their families. Educo expects for a safe and secured world where every child gets the opportunity to realize their potentials

COVID-19 RESPONSE: PHASE 1

COVID-19 RESPONSE: PHASE 2

CYCLONE AMPHAN RESPONSE

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO THE FLOOD AFFECTED PEOPLE IN BANGLADESH

Fire Response at Rohingya refugee camps

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell. You may have other symptoms.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it

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People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. People with mild symptoms are able to recover at home. If you experience a medical emergency such as trouble breathing, call 333/16263 and let the operator know you may have COVID-19. For severe illness, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Currently there are no globally approved drugs specifically for the treatment of COVID-19. Researchers are studying new drugs, and drugs that are already approved for other health conditions, as possible treatments for COVID-19.

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Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in the blood against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the infection. Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for this disease and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19. Further investigation is still necessary to determine if convalescent plasma might shorten the duration of illness, reduce morbidity, or prevent death associated with COVID-19.

COVID-19 convalescent plasma must only be collected from recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood. Individuals must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and meet other laboratory criteria. Individuals must have fully recovered from COVID-19, with complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days before donation of convalescent plasma.

There are steps you can take to help protect yourself, grocery store workers and other shoppers, such as wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and using wipes on the handles of the shopping cart or basket.

Currently there is no evidence of food, food containers, or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. If you are concerned about contamination of food or food packaging, wash your hands after handling food packaging, after removing food from the packaging, before you prepare food for eating and before you eat.