Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Cox’s Bazar district was put under complete lockdown from 8 April 2020.The lockdown has impacted nearly everyone, but its impacts are particularly acute for people in poverty and daily wage earners.
To cushion the economic gap and meet immediate needs of the most vulnerable, UNDP Bangladesh together with her donors (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and Global Affairs Canada) has continued the distribution of cash ( 3,500 BDT each) and hygiene items to a total of 11,120 households in Cox’s Bazar district whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the pandemic.
To date, in coordination with the local administration taka 2,25,50,500 has been distributed among 6,443 local families in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Teknaf and Ukhia Upazila and by August 30, a total of Tk 38,920,000in cash assistance would have been distributed to the 11,120 targeted vulnerable families in Cox’s Bazar.
In addition to this financial assistance, various hygiene items such as masks, soap, bleaching powders, buckets, etc. as well as key information and messages are given to the families as part of COVID-19 preventive measures.
Sultan Ahmed, a resident of Maricha Palang, said- “I am 54 years old. I was living form hand to mouth. My work has been stopped due to Coronavirus. Every year before Eid, I buy new clothes for the children of my family. Although I can’t buy new clothes this year, I will buy rice, pulses and Semai with the money I got from UNDP. At least a few days will go well with the kids.”