Key Actions Taken to Date:
Following the offcial instructions from the public authorities and subsequent decisions undertaken from the senior management, BDRCS staff and volunteers started working at office with necessary safety precautions, social distancing and duty rotations as required.
With support from Novartis (Bangladesh) Limited, BDRCS will distribute 28,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among the frontline healthcare professionals dealing with COVID-19 cases in four hospitals of the capital namely Kurmitola hospital, Kuwait Maitree Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital.
BDRCS in-collaboration with HSBC bank, commenced the initiative entitled “Joy of Giving” that includes distribution of 100,000 packets of coocked food among COVID-19 impacted responders and patients throughout the country. As part of this, special lunch packets were distributed on Eid day (25 May 2020) among duty doctors, nurses and medical staff at all the COVID hospitals in Dhaka.
With financial support from ICRC, BDRCS supported 6000 families with BDT 27,000,000 who are directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the three districts (Khagrachari, Rangamati & Bandarban) of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). This unconditional cash grant of BDT4,500 was provided to each family to cover food and other essential households needs.
Disaster Risk Management
In addition to COVID-19 response, long-term programs and disaster risk management projects working to raise awareness among the inhabitants of respective areas of intervention while some projects are preparing to distribute multipurpose cash grant and some projects have been distributing food package and disinfection/safety materials through community organizers, volunteers and project staff.
BDRCS provided orientation and support to more than 10 organizations including airport authority, government agencies, high commission on the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) to help them to tackle COVID-19. 267,000 pieces 500ml drinking water bottle distributed among selected COVID-19 dedicated hospitals, test and response centers, Police station at several districts.
Cleaning Staff from 63 Deputy Commissioner Office in 63 district received orientation on IPC from Red RCY volunteers of BDRCS.
Government Hospitals in 60 districts received disinfectant spray machine, chemical solution and orientation to conduct their own disinfectant activities in the medical settings.
3000 packets cook food distributed among the floating people on 26, 27 and 28 May 2020. 17 volunteers supported the distribution to the floating people.
3000 packets cook food distributed in the COVID19 dedicated hospitals and government service providers in Dhaka district on Eid Day.
Restoring Family Links
With support from ICRC, BDRCS carrying out final/third phase support to monitor safety practices and distribution of total 14945 packets IPC materials at 61 district prisons throughout the country.
In addition, ICRC is collaborating with IG Prison directorate where BDRCS National Headquarters provides necessary technical guidance to concern unit offices which are responsible for coordination with district level prison authorities.
Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA)
The COVID-19 hotline of BDRCS addressed 146 calls in May 2020. Mostly these calls were concerning disinfection support, relief and cash support, blood plasma, volunteerism and complaining irregularities in financial aid distribution.
BDRCS provided verbal awareness messages on COVID-19 to all 6000 families who received finacial support in Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban district.
Community radios namely Lokobetar in Barguna district and Nalta in Satkhira district disseminated recorded PSA on disaster preparedness during COVID 19. This show continued during 20-25 May 2020 where focus areas were main steps of preparedness in pre, during and post Cyclone situation, hygiene management system in a shelter, latrine use and disinfection process of cloths and essential staffs.
BDRCS CEA team is working with the Government, Risk Communication and Community Engagement platform and Shongjog platform.
Psychosocial Support Call Center: In-total 826 people reached through Psychosocial Support (PSS) activities in the last two weeks. Details of the Psychosocial Support activities are:
69 callers (43 Male, 26 Female) have been provided with Psychological First Aid (PFA) through PSS Call Center;
3 BDRCS staff/vol. reached with caring for volunteers activities;
5 people referred to specialized Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services;
754 community people (215 male, 181 female and 358 children) reached through Community Safe Spaces (CFSs) in Camp;
Scaled-up MHPSS services into the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College and Hospital.