We hope you found the discussion between Dr. Badiul Majumdar and Deborah Protter insightful, uncovering what life under lockdown in Bangladesh is like and how THP’s unique approach to unleashing people’s potential has created the foundations for stopping the spread of COVID-19 in rural villages.
“If The Hunger Project’s strategy was replicated throughout [Bangladesh] then COVID-19 could be under control in 4 weeks.” — Dr. Mushtuq Husain, an advisor to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Bangladesh.
For those of you who weren’t able to join us, you can catch up via our recording here [run time 59 minutes].
Our 5 key takeaways from the call:
1. Bangladesh is facing a huge health challenge: official data shows there are more than 220,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,000 deaths, but testing is very limited and unreliable so actual numbers are likely much higher. Plus: healthcare infrastructure is ill-equipped to deal with the crisis, lacking sufficient ICU beds or ventilators; there is widespread corruption and political divisiveness across the country; expert opinions are ignored; and misinformation is circulating.
2. The pandemic is affecting lives and livelihoods. About 90% of people are employed in the informal sector and are daily wage earners (e.g. shopkeepers) – many are now unemployed and on the brink of starvation. Violence against women is rising and the prevalence of child marriage has increased.
3. The mighty force of 270,000 volunteer leaders (called Animators) trained in Bangladesh since 1993 are THP’s greatest asset in confronting COVID-19. Watch this short video to learn about our unique approach in Bangladesh which THP has leveraged to face this new challenge.
4. Animators like Anju have mobilised themselves to create an incredible 1,500 coronavirus-resilient communities across rural Bangladesh.
5. THP Bangladesh’s 4-stage strategy of stopping the spread of COVID-19 has proven simple and effective:
1) Accepting the situation and creating a community mindset
2) Communicating to educate, dispel myths and change behaviour
3) Quarantine, testing and isolation
4) Community philanthropy
“We have to mobilise the community. It’s up to us.” — Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar.
On the call, Badiul made it clear that while a lot of great work has been undertaken already to stop the spread of COVID-19, more remains to be done. We invite you to partner with Badiul, his team and us to unleash the human spirit and create coronavirus-resilient villages across Bangladesh. You can invest here or start a conversation with us.
Thank you for joining us for our third online event in this series, and thank you to our presenting partner GJK Facility Services. We look forward to connecting with you again soon!