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Australia, UNFPA strengthen Covid-19 response in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:17 pm June 16th, 2020
Australia & UNFPA strengthen Covid-19 response in Bangladesh
Tent installed at a health facility in Dhaka to strengthen patient triage system Courtesy

Women and girls will be provided sexual and reproductive health services by UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO)

The Australian Government and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are supporting the Government of Bangladesh in strengthening the provision of life-saving services for women and girls.

Through the partnership, UNFPA has installed two tents at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and OGSB Hospital to screen patients, including pregnant women, for Covid-19 to mitigate risks of infection.

The screening is based on triage, which is an assignment of degrees of urgency to illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients.

An estimated 72,000 women will be screened in the next six months, reads a press release issued by UNFPA on Tuesday.

In addition, a total of 4,172 dignity kits catering to women and girls of reproductive age, and the third-gender community in Bangladesh, will be distributed. These dignity kits consist of items such as cloths, sanitary napkins, women’s underwear, bathing soap, laundry soap, nail clippers, hair oil, combs, rubber sandals, toothpaste and toothbrushes. 

Virtual meeting with Australian High Commission, H. E. Jeremy Bruer; UNFPA Representative, Dr Asa Torkelsson; Member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 and Former President OGSB, Prof Dr Rowshan Ara Begum | CourtesyThe press release also said that to ensure protection from Covid-19 and dengue, the kits will also include hand sanitizers and mosquito repellents.

The items were officially handed over on June 16 during a virtual meeting between the Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Jeremy Bruer; UNFPA Representative, Dr Asa Torkelsson; and Prof Dr Rowshan Ara Begum, member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 and former president of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB).

By strengthening maternal healthcare and access to essential supplies, women and girls in Bangladesh will continue to have access to sexual and reproductive health services, including response services to gender-based violence. These efforts are coordinated through the UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) prepositioning exercise.