COVID-19 – and the restrictions to prevent its spread – led to an alarming rise in the number of people facing extreme poverty and hunger in Bangladesh, including many people with disabilities. Many were left with no income, as they could not go out to earn a living.
In addition, Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh in May 2020, destroying the homes of around 500,000 families. Our emergency response team was able to respond to basic needs such as providing food and offering support to rebuild livelihoods.
We also supported the most at-risk households affected by COVID-19, including:
- Providing inclusive health care for people with disabilities, including people in need of mental health and psychosocial support
- Providing financial support to help families cover basic needs like food and hygiene items
- Working with key Ministries of the Bangladesh Government to ensure people with disabilities are included in COVID-19 response and recovery plans.