COVID COUNTRY UPDATE
In August, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Bangladesh continued to remain high. With multiple areas of Dhaka being classified as “Red Zones”, wearing masks when outside of the home continues to be deemed mandatory by the government. World Renew staff are adhering to all of these requirements, addressing needs precipitated by the lack of employment due to lockdown, which has migrant workers unable to send support home to their families and garment factories closed, leaving people struggling to buy food for their families. Our efforts include spreading messages of hygiene throughout local communities and socially distanced deliveries of food and soap. We have taken a special interest in educating and supporting youth who are looking to lead their communities in preventing COVID-19.
While concerns remain for the Rohingya refugees, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the refugee camps has stayed relatively low since the first case was diagnosed on May 14, 2020. World Renew currently provides food assistance to over 17,000 Rohingya refugees and our project team continues operating day-by-day based on recommendations from trusted humanitarian partners on how best to keep staff and Rohingya refugee families safe. 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.
All World Renew staff are safe and continue to remain COVID-free.