BRAC Global COVID-19 Response

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BRAC Global COVID-19 Response
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BRAC Global COVID-19 Response

As vaccination rates slowly rise, many countries around the world have begun to reopen. But in many parts of the Global South, limited access to vaccines and overstretched health care systems have led to a surge in new cases, largely due to the highly infectious Delta variant. 

In Bangladesh, despite precautions such as public awareness campaigns to encourage masking and readily available COVID-19 testing, the sharp rise in cases forced the Government to impose a strict new lockdown in late July after a major religious festival.

In early August, the Government of Bangladesh began a mass vaccination drive across the country, with the goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the population by 2022, or approximately 10 million people each month. To aid in this effort, BRAC is currently managing nine vaccination centers in Dhaka, and supporting more than 3,000 vaccination centers in rural areas across the country. As a result of these efforts, nearly 20,000 people have been vaccinated at BRAC-run vaccination centers, and nearly 1.6 million people have been vaccinated at BRAC-supported vaccination centers. 

In addition to supporting the rollout of the vaccine in Bangladesh, BRAC has also been a key partner with the Government of Bangladesh and other civil society organizations in a major initiative to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Through the partnership, more than 35,000 frontline volunteers and staff have distributed 7.4 million masks to communities in need. BRAC’s community health workers are also screening communities for COVID-19 through home visits and referring patients for testing. To date, more than 120,000 people have been screened for COVID-19, with more than 67,000 suspected cases identified and referred for testing and care. 

As COVID-19 and the Delta variant continue to spread in Bangladesh and beyond, the most vulnerable communities face health shocks, food insecurity, and extreme financial hardship caused by loss of income and livelihoods. We are grateful for your support, which ensures that BRAC can deliver emergency support to affected communities and boost long-term resilience to help families build back better.

Read more about BRAC’s COVID-19 response efforts.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every facet of society, but it has had a particularly dramatic impact on education. Educators around the world are struggling to navigate the expectations and shortcomings of remote learning. Now, over one year into the pandemic, educators are facing a new challenge: how can we assess the preparedness of students when schools do reopen? BRAC, which operates 25,000 schools in Bangladesh, serving 750,000 students, has developed a helpful approach to address this dilemma. 

As in many parts of the world, schools in Bangladesh have been closed since March 2020, and during this time children have had varying access to the internet, technology, and at-home academic support. As a result, students will have varying levels of educational understanding when they return to school. Internet access is not reliable or accessible in many parts of the world, including in the United States, making this a global challenge.

In Bangladesh, BRAC is using remote learning solutions such as television, radio, and telephone to deliver learning at home, expanding opportunities for student success.

When BRAC schools do reopen, normal classes will not resume. Instead, BRAC will assess each student's learning level and provide additional support as needed to ensure that every child is caught up to their grade level within six months.

Education is fundamental to a child’s future success, and BRAC is working diligently to ensure that no child falls behind. Despite the uncertainty of the pandemic, we are committed to investing in the most vulnerable children’s education, investing in the potential of the next generation of leaders and changemakers. Thank you for your generous support of children around the world and your commitment to equitable and accessible education.

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At the beginning of 2020, an estimated 600 million people around the world live in extreme poverty. The World Bank projects up to 150 million more people could be forced into extreme poverty because of the effects of COVID-19. While emergency response efforts have helped to mitigate economic shocks, it is crucial that we equip people with the tools and resilience they need to lift themselves out of poverty for the long-term. 

While people living in poverty have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on girls. In Bangladesh, school closures are putting girls at risk of violence, child marriage, and dropping out of school. Recent BRAC data from Bangladesh shows a 69 percent rise in reported child marriages in 2020.

The numbers are alarming, but according to Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh, the impact could be even greater. “This is just a glimpse of the societal disruption that COVID-19 has brought on. An immediate, concerted effort toward socioeconomic recovery ... is critical to prevent child marriage; otherwise, we will fall behind on the progress we have made so far."

BRAC is helping girls pave the way for a brighter future by ensuring that girls everywhere can enjoy the rights, opportunities, and education that they deserve. Investing in the next generation and empowering girls with hope for the future must be a priority now more than ever. Thank you for your generous support of girls and other vulnerable groups around the world.

Learn more about BRAC’s response to COVID-19.

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