COVID 19 Response

<p style="text-align: justify;">Currently the whole world is suffering due to the Corona Virus named &lsquo;COVID-19&rsquo; and along with the world Bangladesh is also affected by the COVID-19. The COVID-19 is one of the deadly viruses in the history of world and the World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. According to the guidance of UNHCR, WHO and as well as local administration, NGO Forum has been responding against the pandemic COVID-19 to reduce the risk. However, the below initiatives have been taken at camp level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A. Construction &amp; O&amp;M activities :<br /></strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Installation of hand washing facilities in the gap area of latrine places,</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Installation of hand washing facilities at public places and service center of camp locations.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Installation of tippy-tap and indigenous hand washing soapy water at household level.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Construction of WASH facilities at Quarantine zone of KTP TC.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Construction of WASH facilities at Isolation hospital of Camp-5.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">O&amp;M of WASH facilities at Quarantine zone of KTP TC, Nayapara and Isolation hospital of Camp-5.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Disinfection of all WASH facilities including public places &amp; offices through chlorine solution.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Make functional all HWDs by regular O&amp;M works including filling water and fixing soap regularly.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>B. Promotional activities :<br /></strong></p> <ul> <li>COVID-19 messages dissemination as well as hand washing demonstration at household level focusing on hand washing demonstration and personal hygiene messages.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Disseminating the COVID-19 messages including the issue of social distance related information at public place through megaphone.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Soap distribution at HH level.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Distribution of necessary PPE to Volunteers and Staff.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Ensuring social distance in all aspect of community services.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Message from sector and local administration in relation with COVID-19 disseminating to the community &amp; stakeholders.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Distribution of COVID message developed by sector.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>C. Work modalities of Team NGO Forum :<br /></strong></p> <ul> <li>All types of mass gathering activities like session, meeting, training, workshop, consultation, cultural programs, etc. have been postponed since 22 March 2020.</li> <li>The emergency activities on COVID-19 response and some other important WASH activities like water trucking and distribution, emergency FSM &amp; SWM activities, O&amp;M of WASH facilities and some important construction activities are being operating under this situation.</li> <li>As the regular activities will not continue and staff movement is restricted towards camp, maximum 50% of total staff are deploying every day at all working camps.</li> <li>Project staff who are not able to work at camp are available at home as &lsquo;work at home&rsquo; mode.</li> <li>All Volunteers are engaging for their respective works accordingly.</li> <li>There is the flexibility for Staff and Volunteers to involve their works as per their willingness. If someone are not interested to work in this restricted situation he/she is allowed for stay at home or work at home.</li> <li>All types of PPE ensured to all staff and Volunteers for their personal protection. The use of PPE is mandatory for all staff and volunteer who are working at respective locations.</li> <li>All vehicles (11 Motorcycles and 05 Cars) of this project are taken approval from RRRC office to move from Cox&rsquo;s Bazar to respective camps and Teknaf &amp; Ukhiya sadar to respective camps.</li> <li>Camp wise staff work roster plans have been developed and followed accordingly.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>D. Communication and Coordination: </strong></p> <ul> <li>On the basis of govt. general leave and lock down, day wise staff work roster plan has been shared accordingly to respective desk of UNHCR and NGOF Head Office,</li> <li>Regular communications have been conducting with WASH and Programme units of UNHCR for initiating additional activities at different camps and quarantine zones.</li> <li>Regular communications have been conducting with WASH and Programme units of UNHCR to update COVID-19 operational response,</li> <li>Submitting weekly basis COVID-19 response report to UNHCR and Sector as per sector standard reporting format.</li> <li>Submitting weekly basis COVID-19 response report to UNHCR programme unit in relation with the impact on PPA-2020,</li> <li>Regular communications have been conducting with Head Office to taking day to day guidance and suggestion.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Descriptions of major COVID emergency response activities of NGO Forum</span> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. COVID operation in Quarantine zone of KTP Transit centre : </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There are <strong>348</strong> persons were stayed at the beginning of this quarantine zone of KTP Transit centre. Now there are average 100 persons are staying daily in this zone. With the support of UNHCR, NGO Forum has been providing regular WASH services as well as construction of necessary WASH facilities in this centre. Before starting the operation a layout plan has been developed.</p> <p>The activities in the quarantine zone of KTP TC :</p> <ul> <li><strong>16</strong> hand washing devices installed at different points.</li> <li><strong>03</strong> cloth washing platforms with running water tap constructed for the residence of this zone.</li> <li>Expansion of water networks by fixing pipe line and construction of <strong>03</strong> tap stands with 06 tap points for making availability of drinking water as well as running water at WASH facilities.</li> <li><strong>01</strong> double chamber garbage pits also constructed for primary dumping the waste.</li> <li><strong>28</strong> plastic garbage pits (with capacity 240 liter) and <strong>85</strong> paddle bins installed different points.</li> <li>In the month of April, daily <strong>100</strong> bathing soap and <strong>80</strong> toilet tissues have been distributed at different latrines, bathhouse and hand washing facilities. As the population is reducing, now daily distribution is 50 bathing soap and 25 toilet tissues.</li> <li>A <strong>pump house</strong> also constructed to protect existing pumps and generator.</li> <li>About <strong>35,000</strong> liter water has been distributing regularly to maintain all water requirements.</li> <li>Before water distribution, maintaining quality of water through treatment and testing regularly.</li> <li>COVID awareness and hand washing stapes related <strong>200</strong> festoons hanged different places of this zone.</li> <li>Regular operation and maintenance of all WASH facilities to make functional and accessible for all.</li> <li>Regular cleaning all the latrines, bathhouses, garbage pits &amp; bins and the surface areas of this center.</li> <li><strong>02</strong> HP Volunteers are working here to disseminate COVID awareness and hand washing message by maintaining social distance. They also make available soap and water in all hand washing devices.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/324wer.jpg" alt="" width="272" height="201" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/dfs4re.jpg" alt="" width="272" height="204" /> <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/ghdsfsd.jpg" alt="" width="272" height="204" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. COVID operation in Quarantine Centre of Nayapara</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The repatriation centre of Karantoli of Nayapara, Tetnaf was developed as Quarantine centre by the WASH agencies and CIC of Nayapara RC. This centre will be used for the refugees of Nayapara camps. NGO Forum has been requested by the CIC of NYP RC and UNHCR to provide necessary WASH services in this centre. After joint assessment by NGOF and UNHCR, NGO Forum has developed a layout plan of this quarantine centre and accordingly has taken initiatives to undertake following activities in this quarantine centre.</p> <p>The activities in the quarantine zone of Nayapara :</p> <ul> <li>A total of <strong>16</strong> HWDs have been installed in different place of this quarantine center.</li> <li>A total of <strong>32</strong> plastic bins (capacity of 240 liter) have been installed for the proper management of the solid waste. Among these 16 are green &amp; 16 are red.</li> <li><strong>32</strong> paddle bins also placed at different rooms of this center,</li> <li><strong>04</strong> latrine doors are making functional through cleaning and clog removing.</li> </ul> <p>This quarantine centre is far from the Camp 26 or NYP RC, so regular WASH operational activities is difficult by NGO Forum. Although it is under discussion for the further WASH services required.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/rtyfdg.jpg" alt="" width="351" height="166" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/tyrty.jpg" alt="" width="297" height="167" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. COVID-19 operation in Isolation Hospital of Camp-5</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The FH hospital of Camp-5 will be used as Isolation Hospital that need to improve the facilities. As per request of UNHCR, NGO Forum has taken initiatives to assess this hospital according to WASH needs. After assessment and approval from UNHCR, NGO Forum has been completed following construction works in this hospital.</p> <ul> <li><strong>01</strong> waste water treatment plant has been constructed for treat the gray water from bathing cubicles, laundry &amp; basin.</li> <li>A <strong>100</strong> meter drainage system with slab has been constructed to passing the waste water.</li> <li>The existing <strong>drainage</strong> system also repaired.</li> <li>A <strong>disinfection room</strong> constructed at this hospital.</li> <li>Necessary <strong>plumbing works</strong> have been conducted to connect the WASH facilities with drainage system and waste water treatment plant.</li> <li><strong>03</strong> hand washing devices have been installed.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/werwer.jpg" alt="" width="260" height="346" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/gfdhjt.jpg" alt="" width="258" height="344" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. Hand washing devices placing</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To effective COVID emergency response, make availability of hand washing facility is the most significant activities of NGO Forum. Besides the quarantine zone operation, NGO Forum has been responding the COVID-19 emergency responses through installation of hand washing devices at latrine places and different public places including service centres. As innovative initiative, NGO Forum also installed a number of tippy taps and hanging soapy water at household level to ensuring hand washing practices for the mass population.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hand washing devices at latrine places:</strong> Till now <strong>444</strong> hand-washing devices have been installed in different latrine places of camp 5, 17, 26, NYP RC and KTP RC. Among these, 204 at Camp 5, 52 at Camp 17, 155 at Camp 26, 23 in NYP RC and 10 at KTP RC.</li> <li><strong>Hand washing devices at public places:</strong> A number of hand washing devices also installed in different public places including offices and distribution centers. A total of <strong>92</strong> hand washing devices have been installed in all camps where 07 at Camp 5, 05 at Camp 17, 05 at Camp 26, 06 at NYP RC, 49 at KTP RC and 20 at KTP TC.</li> <li><strong>Installation of Tippy tap:</strong> As innovative initiative, NGO Forum installed a total of <strong>4174</strong> tippy taps and soapy bottles have been installed different camp where 1048 at Camp-17, 209 at Camp-5, 2253 at Camp-26, 614 at KTP RC and 50 at NYP RC.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/55615ujyh.jpg" alt="" width="286" height="214" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/313.jpg" alt="" width="161" height="214" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5. O&amp;M of hand washing devices</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ensuring functional all the hand washing facilities is the challenging activity of NGO Forum. Due to the water crisis, frequent missing the parts of HWDs, lack of interest of community and the mobility restriction of lock down situation, it is very difficult to ensure functional all the facilities. NGO Forum has taken following initiatives for this regards.</p> <ul> <li>Responsibility shifted to the Hygiene Promotion Volunteers to refill the dram and hanging soaps to all HWDs.</li> <li>Additional 02 casual labors were also deployed in each block of all camps to do the work properly.</li> <li>Required number of logistics are providing to the O&amp;M groups to repairing the HWDs.</li> <li>To reduce the missing incidents, Camp team trying to enhance the community engagement.</li> <li>Regular monitoring has been conducted in all camps to ensure the functionality of these HWDs.</li> <li>Soap and soap hanging net are distributing regularly.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/6asd65asd65.jpg" alt="" width="217" height="285" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/sdsa34rw.jpg" alt="" width="381" height="286" /></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>6. Disinfection of WASH facilities</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To reduce the transmission of deadly germs among the people, disinfection of WASH facilities is an important activity of NGO Forum. All Latrines and bathhouses of the camps were disinfected as weekly basis. Besides these some communal facilities like; CIC office, Mosque, Tea stall, Dustbin, drainage networks and some selected public places were targeted for disinfection. As on 11 May, 2020, a total of <strong>23,816</strong> WASH facilities and communal places were disinfected by the disinfection Volunteers with the support of Spray machine and Choline solution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/dsfsdf654sdf.jpg" alt="" width="310" height="232" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/df5665dr.jpg" alt="" width="308" height="232" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/fgdsf4547.jpg" alt="" width="175" height="233" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>7. COVID-19 messages dissemination</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Disseminating of awareness message on COVID-19 is the most important emergency activity of NGO Forum under this situation. As the mass gathering events are postponed, so all types of group sessions are not conducted with the communities. In this regards, NGO Forum has taken initiatives to disseminate awareness message through household visit. The process and output of household visits are as below.</p> <ul> <li>A Volunteer group (consist of 2) visiting 15-20 households in every day.</li> <li>Till 11 May, 2020, a total of <strong><em>91,275</em></strong> households have been visited in all working camps.</li> <li>Through the visit, they are discussion about the COVID awareness message, hand washing message, hand washing demonstration, bucket chlorination and observation on basic hygiene practices.</li> <li>During the visits, they strictly followed the social distance (minimum 1 meter).</li> <li>During the visits, they are using sector approved COVID message leaflet and NGO promotional materials.</li> <li>All Volunteers also using PPE (mask, hand gloves, vast, etc.) during this field activity.</li> <li>Besides the household visit, awareness messages also disseminating <strong>publicly by using megaphone.</strong> Block wise specific Volunteers are assigned for this work. As on 11 May, it is estimated about <strong><em>145,987</em></strong> population have been covered by this public announce.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/dffsd41ds4sd85ds.jpg" alt="" width="314" height="177" /> &nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/74e45e1e.jpg" alt="" width="238" height="178" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8. Soap distribution at HH level</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Soap is the most important disinfection and cleaning material which demand has been increased day by day due to increasing the frequency of hand washing of the community. Soap is also required to ensuring the functionality of all hand washing devices. In this circumstance, NGO Forum has been distributing soap to all households during the HH visits. Soap also distributed for all hand washing devices. All Volunteers also receiving soap as weekly basis for their personal hand washing. As on 11 May, 2020 a total of <strong><em>48,467</em></strong> pieces soap have been distributed to the households of all working cams. During the soap distribution it is taken into consideration that there is no contact between soap receiver and distributor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>9. Ensuring social distance in all aspect of community services</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Maintaining social distance is another most important consideration in this COVID-19 situation as the Corona virus is the highly contaminated virus. As per guidance of WHO, in this situation every person should maintain minimum <strong><em>01 meter (3.28 feet)</em></strong> distance from other person to avoid the person to person contamination. So community awareness on this issue is very much important to protect the community. NGO Forum has taken initiatives to disseminate this message to the community. The initiatives are : </p> <ul> <li>Message disseminate during household visit.</li> <li>Message disseminate publicly during announcing by megaphone.</li> <li>Footstep marking with 01 meter distance at all water collection points and public gathering places.</li> <li>Involving community volunteers to ensure the social distance at water collection points.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/9.1.jpg" alt="" width="324" height="228" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/9.jpg" alt="" width="458" height="229" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10. Ensuring necessary PPE to Volunteers and Staff</strong></p> <p>During this spreading situation of COVID-19, the personal protection equipment (PPE) is required in every aspect of emergency response for the safety of community volunteer and Staff. To meet the field requirement for Staff and Volunteers following quantity of PPE materials have been procured.</p> <ul> <li>Face mask: <strong><em>10,950</em></strong>,</li> <li>Surgical hand gloves: <strong><em>2,750 pair</em></strong>,</li> <li>Hand Sanitizer: <strong><em>157 bottle</em></strong></li> <li>Bathing and laundry soap: <strong><em>173,902 pieces</em></strong></li> <li>Liquid hand wash: <strong><em>20 bottle</em></strong></li> <li>Full PPE dress: <strong><em>20 set,</em></strong></li> <li>Thermal Scanner: <strong><em>06 </em></strong></li> <li>One time cap: <strong><em>100 pieces</em></strong>,</li> <li>Liquid antiseptic: <strong><em>5 litre (Savlon)</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em><img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/10.1.jpg" alt="" width="431" height="207" />&nbsp; <img src="/photos/2/Covid-19/10.2.jpg" alt="" width="156" height="208" /></em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To mitigate the risk of pandemic COVID-19 situation, Govt. of Bangladesh declared &lsquo;general leave&rsquo; to all govt. and non-govt. organizations up to 16 May 2002 and it seems to be expanded for the further duration. On the other hand, during this situation, WASH is declared as Emergency activity for the refugees by the sector and local administration. Though the COVID-19 situation is going to worsen day to day in Cox&rsquo;s Bazar area, the team NGO Forum has presence in the field to implement the very essential WASH services since the beginning of the emergency. Though they are very much worried about the risk of COVID-19 and also their personal safety and security, with their commitments and dedications, this team is sacrificing the govt. holidays for the betterment of Refugees. We believe that with this dedication we will overcome this pandemic situation within the nearest coming days.&nbsp;</p>