Registered Children Affected in Wazipur Area Programme: 0
World Vision Staff Affected in Wazipur Area Programme: 0
More than 387,000 people in the country of Bangladesh have been affected by Cyclone Amphan which hit the region on 20 May, compounding the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Bangladesh confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 7 March and the government imposed a national shutdown, restricting people’s movement across the country. The restrictions are making it very challenging to provide much-needed assistance to communities struck by the cyclone.
World Vision has reached over two million people, including one million children, through our COVID-19 emergency response. We have been working to limit the spread of COVID-19 by educating children, families and communities in prevention methods, with a special focus on refugees living in Cox’s Bazaar, which was also damaged by the cyclone. We have already reached over 703,000 people through COVID-19 awareness posters and social media messaging and have trained 1,200 faith leaders on how to share COVID-19 prevention messages in their own communities. We have provided more than 17,000 people with handwashing soap and buckets, set up 1,200 community handwashing facilities and we are also training community health workers, faith leaders and child protection workers on COVID-19 prevention, distributing food packs and cash vouchers, and providing vulnerable children with psychosocial support.
All of the communities we partner with in Bangladesh are experiencing restrictions due to safety measures, which will likely cause some operational delays. Most WV Bangladesh staff are working from home. We have put planned learning events and gatherings on hold so we can adapt our programme to respond to COVID-19 and help keep kids and communities safe, but we are continuing to check on families and provide them with prevention information by contacting families by mobile phone.
*Bangladesh is one of 28 countries that World Vision is targeting with an increased multi-million-dollar emergency response that will reach at least 72 million people, half of them children.?