Partha S. Kuntal :: As washing hands with soap and clean water is vital in the fight against COVID-19, government must provide continuous access to sufficient water to their populations living in the most vulnerable conditions. Government of Bangladesh also promulgated that everyone should wear mask outside and it is a punishable offence. Wearing a mask is also prescribed by World Health Organization (WHO) and maintain social distance while get outside of house. People have to get out from their home for emergencies and work. Government is also opens up everything gradually.
Maintaining hygiene wearing a mask is essential. But many of us cannot afford mask in our country so DORP has planned to support the excluded people in this regard. A total of 2349 Mask have been produced during corona situation by “Sanitation Bitan”. These have distributed among the marginalized people of different areas focusing coastal belt like Ramgati of Lakhsmipur and Bhola Sadar of Bhola. Aware marginalized people at Bhola and Ramgati to fetch water from shared water source keeping in mind about social distancing
Additionally, menstruation does not stop in Corona-virus crisis. Sanitary Napkin with low cost provided to Union Parishad at Ramgati by sanitation Bitan. Union Parishad distributed these sanitary napkins to the girls at schools. Lot of people has to work daily to buy food but according to government information people have to stay at home. In this context the CSO members have distributed reliefs with their personal fund to CSO members.CSO at Ramgati set a hand washing device near local market to fight against Corona-virus. The CSO at Ramgati was newly formed compared to Bhola but they are responding immediately shows their capacity is built within short time. The CSO then bring it and set up with repairmen and necessary materials. Awareness campaign of DORP through loudspeaker, leaflet and text messages also helps them to initiate discussion with DPHE and set up a device.
DORPis a national non-government organization working since 1987 with a vision of a poverty free society, where all the deprived individuals become self-propelled in realizing their potentials and enjoy their rights with dignity. We work with the poor, particularly with the women, Children and excluded communities, for bringing a positive shift in their socio-economic condition. Our role is to develop and promote sustainable models of capacity strengthening and facilitating people’s access to necessary inputs. As a national CSO we have taken initiative to fight against Coronavirus within our working approach and capacity.
People living in slums, nomadic, rural populations, women, children, older persons, people with disabilities, migrants and all other groups vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic need to have continuous access to WASH facilities. Only this will allow them to comply with the recommendations of health institutions to keep strict hygiene measures. Throughout our mandates, we keep insisting on the need to ensure that ‘no one is left behind.’ Governments must pay special attention to marginalised groups who are rarely at the center of public policies related to water and sanitation.
Writer : Program Coordinator, RPM Division, DORP.
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