ICRC supports vulnerable community in CHT due to COVID-19


DHAKA, May 30, 2020 (BSS) – The International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
(BDRCS) has assisted 85 communities as well as people living in urban
areas in the three Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) districts affected by
the Coronavirus pandemic.

Over 30,000 people from 6,000 families received one-off assistance
in a form of unconditional cash grant of Taka 4,500 per family to
improve their food consumption between May 19 and 24 supported by the
BDRCS and ICRC, an ICRC press release said here today.

Such assistance to the families highly affected by the current
COVID-19 emergency will have an improved impact on their dietary
diversity and help restore the food consumption in quantity and
quality, while covering their other basic needs.

Besides, Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari district prisons have
received hygiene items to tackle the spread of coronavirus among the
both detainees and prison staff while BDRCS volunteers continue to
assist the district detention authority to implement the Infection
Prevention and Control measures.

In addition, food parcels were distributed to 3,000 families in the
three CHT districts covering seven days of need, implemented by the
BDRCS with the financial support from ICRC.

The ICRC, in partnership with the BDRCS, has been implementing
community-based livelihood support programs since 2014 while helping
the communities access safe drinking water and sanitation and hygiene
programs since 2016 in an integrated way, the release added.