COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh

The status of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the corona cases have increased significantly. As of this weekend, there are more than 65,000 cases been reported country-wide. At the same time, normal life has slowly restarted: while educational institutions are still closed, domestic travel has completely opened up, and most people are back to work. After the Eid holiday, large groups of people were seen travelling between cities, as the images below show.

While cases in Max Foundation’s Project areas don’t haven’t been reported on large-scale, there are some reported cases and one reported death.Our team in Bangladesh has been consistently working to reach out to the households in our project areas with our mobile-phone campaign

Cyclone Amphan and its effects                                            

Cyclone Amphan, which hit the South of Bangladesh around three weeks ago, posed a stress on this, especially since in some of our project areas the lack of electricity due to the cyclone caused a mobile network problem.

Cyclone Amphan also damaged a lot of infrastructure (bridges, roads and embankments), as well as fisheries and livestock. It is estimated that around 500,000 families may have lost their homes, and the cyclone has taken the life of at least 26 people. More than 18000 latrines have been damaged, of which at least 1295 have now been deemed unhygienic.

What is Max Foundation doing?

In the regions that were hit by Cyclone Amphan, 88% of the households targeted with out mobile phone campaign were reached. In the less affected regions, these numbers went op to 99%.

Additionally, more than 4180 households have installed handwashing devices in their house after receiving the text messages and phonecalls.

The next step is to slowly re-integrate our information about nutrition and health for children under the age of 5 through the mobile phone campaign. We will be targeting 42,210 households with children under the age of 5 with messages on corona prevention as well as breastfeeding and hygiene during COVID-19. Local entrepreneurs and Health Promotion Agents are also newly targeted with messages on important supplies to stock up on, to keep up with – and help create - demand for handwashing devices, soap, and other tools for better hygiene.

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