Facilitating communities to fight Corona

5 May 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, supporting our local communities is more important than ever. In the past few months, the global crisis has become a national crisis – affecting us all.

As the country asks its residents to stay home to slow the virus’ spread, WaterAid with support from its donors and local partners have established ways to keep in touch with the communities we work in – because now more than ever, our communities need us to create change in ways that are both innovative and equitable.

WaterAid Bangladesh through its urban, small town, rural, climate resilience and SAWRP-II projects/programmes have over the past few weeks:

  • disinfected 242 water points, 17 community clinics, slums, 125 latrines and 40 community toilet blocks including bathing places and water platforms, public toilet and 10 mosques.

  • disseminated awareness messages through mic’ing, leaflets and practicing handwashing/social in 43 union parishads, towns, 67 slums, 53 courtyard sessions, 14312 households, 390 reverse-osmosis group members, 163 community clinics and family welfare centers, upazila health complexes and district hospital and a few mosques.

  • shared WASH and COVID-19 related information amongst 92 Community Healthcare Service Providers (CHCP), 40 local partner staff and 10 community WASH volunteers.

  • helped build 21 tippy taps and 158 handwashing devices in households and public spaces, including promoting the use of soapy water in community toilets.

  • distributed 9410 safety gears and materials to hospitals and communities.

  • handed over 1 metric ton bleaching powder to the four municipality authorities that the small town project works in to carry out disinfection activities in respective slums, markets, bus terminals, public places and health centers.

  • broadcasted awareness messages every 30 minutes on a community radio named ‘Radio Sarabela’ – covering almost 50,000 people across the Gaibandha district and surrounding areas.

Our interventions have been in the Khulna, Satkhira, Nilphamari, Tangail, Thakurgaon, Sirajganj, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Meherpur, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar districts – including the Dhaka North and South City, Khulna and Chattogram City Corporations.

In WaterAid, we believe no matter how big or how small, any support provided at this moment can be positive and impactful. We hope to continue providing WASH access to the marginalised and hard to reach population of the country in the weeks to come, battling corona virus till the end.