Friendship takes initiatives to protect 300,000 disadvantaged people from COVID-19

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Dhaka, May 19: Like many other countries worldwide, Bangladesh also experienced an outbreak of Covid-19 transmission in last few months. From the very beginning, development organization Friendship has been playing a key role in reducing the impact of COVID-19 along with the government.The organization has provided food relief and emergency health services to almost 300,000 marginalized people throughout the country, including Dhaka. The initiative started with the assistance of donor organisations UK Aid and Start Fund Bangladesh in April, under the ‘Structuring,

Social Preparation and Awareness-Building to Prevent COVID-19’ project, Friendship’s healthcare activities in this project also include increasing awareness among the local communities and distributing medical equipment to prevent Corona transmission.

Dr. Kazi Golam Rasul, Director and Head of Health, Friendship said, “To prevent Corona transmission and help the disadvantaged community, Friendship is conducting these activities in 47 unions of 15 upazilas in 11 districts throughout the country.

To ensure the wellbeing of 1,000 vulnerable families, Friendship provided them with surgical masks, soap, detergents, buckets, mugs etc. and other daily essentials. To create awareness in local communities, we put up 18,000 posters, the field staff distributed 30,000 leaflets and spread messages by loudspeaker in 600 spots throughout the country.

Friendship is also working actively with the local government in these areas regarding awareness. We’ve distributed Personal Protective Equipment among 800 health professionals at 15 upazila health centres of 11 districts including Kurigram, Gaibandha, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Cox’s Bazar.

Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship mentioned, “In the past, Friendship has always actively assisted the GoB in natural disaster prevention and preparedness actions. We have been aware about issues regarding the community’s wellbeing from the very start of the outbreak in Bangladesh.

Thus, the organization is coordinating with district administrations, local healthcare sectors and other stakeholders accordingly to execute government’s activities in this crisis situation.”