COVID COUNTRY UPDATE
The most dire crisis continues to unfold with the Rohingya refugees, whose camps were recently labelled as a “Red Zone” for COVID-19 and put under severe quarantine. The camp had its first cases of COVID-19 confirmed on May 14, and since then, the infection rate has continued to climb. The project team is, therefore, operating day-by-day based on recommendations from our humanitarian coalition on best practices for keeping the Rohingya people safe. In addition, we are adhering to all government mandates and proper physical distancing practices. World Renew’s programming with the Rohingya people reaches over 17,000 refugees. We ask for prayers that we can continue to reach the Rohingya people with the vital deliveries they need and that infection rates will slow.
Beyond the immediate health concerns of COVID-19, physical distancing has thrown much of the developing world into a food crisis. In response to the concerns around growing food insecurity, World Renew Bangladesh is working with SATHI to provide 1,500 households with emergency food assistance, including rice and lentils, as well as soap. All precautions and measures will be used to ensure that such distributions do not increase the risk of community members being infected with COVID-19.