With the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in Bangladesh in April 2020, all educational institutions were closed. After almost a year, the first schools reopened and Cap Anamur distributed protective masks to the students.
The school closure, which has lasted almost an entire year in Bangladesh, has led to a high educational deficit among girls and boys. Especially children from very poor families have felt the wide-ranging effects. Going to school for those children means social contacts, school support as well as a warm meal a day – usually the only one at all.
Even tough schools in Bangladesh have now reopened, there is a steady increase in the number of Corona infections since the beginning of March. Hygiene and safety precautions are therefore indispensable.
Children from poorer families cannot even afford protective masks
Unfortunately, many people in Bangladesh cannot adhere to the important hygiene recommendations because they cannot adhere to social distancing regulations in crowded cities or as day laborers who cannot stay at home. Some families are even too poor to afford masks.
Education authorities have reached out to Cap Anamur and asked for support in distributing the masks to schools and orphanages. In addition to providing the masks, we also provide education on how to correctly wear the masks. We educate the students about the importance of masks as a protection against infections, especially with the currently increasing number of infections.
7,000 protective masks for students in Bangladesh
We have distributed almost 7,000 masks in the SUS school in Netrokona, in the orphanage JogothJoti as well as in the school in Ramu, Cox’s Bazar. Here are especially children from very poor families, who can afford neither disinfectants nor protective masks.
With those important measures we contribute to the fact that particularly the children of very poor families receive the support needed for the restriction of the Corona infections.
So far, we have distributed masks as part of our medical care near our cooperating clinics. Now beyond that we are also taking care of the children in Bangladesh.