COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Bangladesh

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

On July 2, Bangladesh reported its highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period. The government began easing restrictions in May, reopening factories and other businesses to lessen the economic impact on the country. Restrictions on public activities and movement across the country remain in place until Aug. 3, and schools and universities are closed indefinitely. Masks are mandatory outside the home, and no one is allowed outdoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. As typhoon season continues in the region, local officials must deal with potential evacuations and loss of homes in the midst of this pandemic.

All Compassion group activities are on hold. Compassion Bangladesh staff and partner churches have been able to send 40,207 food packs and 42,183 hygiene kits to beneficiary families. Additionally, they have provided medical support to 605 people. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials. Staff members maintain regular contact with children and caregivers through phone calls.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Bangladesh’s National Director

Hear from Christabel Kalaiselvi, National Director of Compassion Bangladesh, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Bangladesh.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Bangladesh?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Bangladesh, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Bangladesh are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 40,207 food packs and 42,183 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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In the midst of this pandemic, Compassion’s ministry to mothers and babies, the Survival Program, has not slowed down! Recently, Alina, a Survival Program implementer, received a late-night call that Joya, a mother she had been working with for months, was in labor.

As Alina rushed to Joya’s house, she began calling every taxi and tuk-tuk company she could think of to get the laboring mother to the hospital 25 miles away. But the curfew made it impossible.

As Joya’s labor intensified, Alina was able to find a local midwife who she knew was well trained and reliable. But when the midwife arrived, she informed the frightened mother that her child was in breech position (not head-down), and she couldn’t deliver him.

Alina stayed with Joya and her husband for hours until they were finally able to find a friend to drive them to the hospital.

\Doctors did a cesarean section, and finally baby Boonerjee was born. “My boy is a champ,” says Ripon, Joya’s husband. “He has won the race against time.”
How can I pray for Bangladesh?

This month, will you join us in praying for the people of Bangladesh as they deal with the added danger that comes with typhoon season? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Bangladesh
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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