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Sweden, UNFPA help Bangladesh in fight against Covid-19

  • Published at 10:55 pm May 5th, 2020
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'With support from Sweden, UNFPA will ensure that Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response activities relating to prevention, diagnosis, isolation and treatment will be strengthened'

Sweden has granted UNFPA more than $0.58 million (five million Swedish Krona) to help Bangladesh fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A press release was issued by UNFPA Bangladesh in this regard on Tuesday.

A virtual signing ceremony related to the grant took place in the presence of Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Charlotta Schlyter and Dr Asa Torkelsson, UNFPA representative.

“Today, on the International Day of the Midwife, Sweden committed to further enhance its support to UNFPA through an additional grant of $0.58 million (five million Swedish Krona) primarily responding to the ongoing Covid-19 health emergency in Bangladesh,” read the release. 

“With support from Sweden, UNFPA will ensure that Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response activities relating to prevention, diagnosis, isolation and treatment will be strengthened. This includes particular emphasis on safe maternity care for all, by implementing triage systems, establishing separate Covid-19 maternity areas, providing personal protective equipment to midwives and other healthcare workers, and capacity building, across four districts -- Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Sunamganj -- and Dhaka North and South City Corporations.

“By ensuring quality healthcare through targeted and focused response activities, women and girls will have access to essential services, including sexual and reproductive health services and information,” added the release. 

The release said that in Bangladesh, a strengthening of health systems was of the utmost priority, given that the situation was expected to severely impact health systems of low- and middle- income countries, with worse impacts on countries facing fragility and humanitarian crises. It added that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic also limited access to skilled, quality maternal health care, which could potentially increase risks to mothers and their newborns.

“Through this program, UNFPA works with Bangladesh to strengthen midwifery education and models midwifery-led care to deliver comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare,” read the release.

As of Tuesday, Bangladesh had confirmed 10,929 coronavirus cases, with the death toll rising to 183 after one new fatality was reported.

The fast spreading Covid-19 has so far killed 253,000 people in more than 200 countries and territories.