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Protecting communities affected by coronavirus in Bangladesh

By Azuko

Executive Summary

We are facing a situation that is unprecedented in our lifetime. The outbreak of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, is affecting people across the globe but it will undoubtedly hit the most vulnerable in our societies the hardest – those with limited access to healthcare, support and protection.

One of the most effective measures to protect yourself against coronavirus is handwashing with soap. Yet for many people living in poverty, this simple step is out of reach. Only 3 in 5 people worldwide have access to adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities. 

COVID-19 will be devastating for families in Bangladesh, in areas where people are already struggling to survive.

AzuKo has launched an emergency appeal to protect vulnerable communities across Dinajpur district in northwest Bangladesh, one of the poorest and underserved areas of the country. We have been working with communities in Bangladesh for many years and are well placed to deliver efficient and effective support.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:



Female, Male, Other


0-3, 4-11, 12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:

Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed


Disabled, Non-Disabled


Urban, Suburban, Rural, Remote

Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid



Education & Training

Disaster Relief

Health & Medical

Poverty Relief





Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness





Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Number of beneficiaries (delivery of soap & hygiene packs)

Individuals and families protected against coronavirus

— Number of people trained

Information ‘nodes’ established across communities

— Geography covered by information campaign (rickshaw micing, banners)

Scope of support across district

Long Term:

— Increased understanding / confidence in best practice hygiene

Improvements to longterm health and wellbeing

— Number of individuals / communities affected by coronavirus (deaths / diagnosed, Dinajpur comparison with other districts)

Protection and prevention, NOTE: Direct ‘causation’ cannot be assumed, due to breadth of factors at play during this crisis

— Increased feeling of wellbeing

Building resilient communities


Our COVID-19 response focuses on early prevention, by:

• sharing clear virus prevention guidance, tailored to communities in Dinajpur
• delivering soap and hygiene packs to low-income households
• training village heads / nodes in best practice (in line with World Health Organization guidance) e.g. hand washing techniques
• providing protective equipment (PPE) and training our team on the ground to operate safely and effectively

So far, in collaboration with our local partner SAFE, we have:

• delivered soap to 1,655 families living in acute poverty
• shared virus prevention information via 5 mobile announcement rickshaws and banners in 20 community spaces
• trained our local frontline staff, 14 volunteers and 10 village heads in best practice, including hand washing techniques and dispelling myths and rumours
• provided PPE for our frontliners

We are currently working in one of the poorest areas – Sundarban Union – serving a population of 27,345. We will continue to support at-risk communities in the Union, and aim to expand our support across the District with a particular focus on informal settlements (slums) in Dinajpur City.

As much of the developed world shuts down in the face of the virus, millions in Bangladesh are ill-equipped to deal with what is to come. We aim to help prepare and protect individuals and families living below the poverty line, as they have no safety net.

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will provide a mobile rickshaw for 1 day, announcing virus prevention guidance


will provide community banners sharing best practice, e.g. hand washing, social distancing


will provide a local member of staff for 2 days


will provide 300 x bars of soap, enough to protect a small village


will provide 15 x protective equipment (face mask, gloves, hand sanitiser, apron) for our frontline staff



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Needs Intensity Meter

Global intensity meter
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In-country intensity meter
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Goal 1: No Poverty

This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

This goal focuses on all areas of food access, nutrition, agricultural productivity, sustainable production and consumption systems, and fostering a resilient ecosystem to shocks and disasters by promoting the diversity of crops. In addition it promotes investment in rural infrastructure, makes a commitment to addressing trade issues, and to oversee a functioning food commodity market.

Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing

This goal covers all aspects of health and wellbeing from infant mortality to effective service provision to those suffering from substance addiction. There are special commitments to ensuring access to affordable healthcare, the development of disease treatment, cure and prevention, and to strengthen the capacity of all countries for early warning, risk reduction and management of global health risks.

Goal 4: Quality Education

This goal seeks parity in access to education. There is specific focus on areas of early years development, and throughout the educational landscape, from literacy and numeracy to technical and tertiary education. There is a specific mention of upgrading educational infrastructure to be fully inclusive in terms of gender, disability and culture, offering bursaries and scholarships to address imbalances, and also to ensure high quality training and supply of educators.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

This goal champions universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all people. There is an element around hygiene promotion, efficiency of use, championing the building and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and technologies, and building strong international partnerships to ensure equality and sustainability of water and sanitation services worldwide.

Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy

This goal focuses on access to energy in a way that is modern, affordable, sustainable and reliable. There is also a commitment to promote and expand the share of energy production by renewable means, championing research and investment into energy efficiency and technologies, and ensuring that the infrastructure and technology has the capacity to support these aims, especially in developing countries.

Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

This goal covers all aspects of sustainable economic growth and providing full and productive, decent work for all people. The goal is progressive in its promotion of development-oriented policies around entrepreneurship and job creation, resource efficiency, and an end to forced labour and slavery. There’s also a special consideration to reducing the unbanked population, and promoting an integrated strategy around the future of work and the employment of young people.

Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

This goal supports the building of infrastructure and innovations to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The focus is on equality of access to economic development within countries, regions and across borders. There is specific promotion of research and development of technologies both in country and cross-border, and in turn increase access to connectivity, information and communication through access to the internet.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

This goal seeks to reduce inequality within and among countries, in terms of economic, social, and political inclusion. There is a commitment to achieve and sustain the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than a national average, reduce and eliminate discriminatory laws and practices, monitor international financial markets, encourage development assistance and financial flows, from nation states to individuals in the form of remittances.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

This goal pertains to the urban environment in terms of safety, sustainability, respect for heritage, environmental considerations, and the connectivity between urban, peri-urban and rural settlements and areas. Specifically, ensuring that cities are safe, inclusive and of net benefit to its inhabitants, the wider population, and the planet as a whole.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

This goal promotes the move towards sustainability of consumption and production on a national and global scale, and covers everything from transparency and clarity on consumer choice, to the sustainable management of waste from industrial production. This Goal specifically looks at influencing businesses (through recommendation and policy) to incorporate sustainability into their procurement, staffing, and reporting, such that sustainability is embedded in the consumption and production cycle.

Goal 13: Climate Action

This goal covers all aspects of addressing and combating climate change. From strengthening resilience of populations at risk of natural disasters and climate based hazards, to education at a human and institutional level on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources. With an emphasis on reducing marine pollution, increasing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems, research on and minimisation of marine acidification, and sustainably managing water-reliant economies to ensure biodiversity while also ensuring fair work and income for those dependent on the oceans.

Goal 15: Life On Land

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

This goal promotes working together, which will strengthen the means of implementation from a local to a global level to achieve sustainable development. Specifically the partnerships are divided into financial, technological, capacity-building, trade, policy and institutional coherence, including multiple stakeholders, and monitoring and accountability. By partnering on any or all of these bases will assist in the reliable achievement of the other 16 Goals.

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How does this work?

Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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