In Bangladesh, Concern’s focus is on preventing the spread of coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar.
The almost 900,000 Rohingya people who fled there from Myanmar are considered to be among the most at risk globally in this pandemic.
Conditions in the camp are cramped and basic, making social distancing impossible. Clean water and hand washing facilities are scarce and shared among many people. To avert the threat of the disease entering the camp, the government has imposed a partial lockdown.
Concern, as a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, is appealing for funds to help people as they face this deadly new threat. We are working with the Rohingya community on hygiene awareness and helping to ensure access to food and other essentials.
But we need your help to reach more people.
Before the outbreak, Concern was supplying food rations to vulnerable families within the camp, as well as operating six fully integrated nutrition centres, which provide guidance and information on nutrition to mothers and young children.
How our teams are supporting vulnerable people:
- Ahead of the restrictions, we distributed a double ration of food to the Rohingya community to ensure families had adequate provisions
- We have prepositioned food stocks in the camp that can be distributed by our volunteer network should the lockdown continue for a longer period
- We have redesigned our childhood and maternal nutrition services in the camp to ensure that we do not bring groups together and keep contact to a minimum
- We have increased public awareness campaigns on hygiene promotion and infection control
We must act now to save lives and stop the spread of the disease. More than ever, your support is crucial.