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YPSA, an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)

YPSA’s response to COVID-19 in greater Chattogram, Bangladesh

Awareness campaign
Crop Marketing support to Marginal Farmers
Crop Marketing support to Marginal Farmers 2
Hygiene campaign

About YPSA

YPSA (Young Power in Social Action), an organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), is a voluntary non-profit organization for sustainable development registered with the different departments of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh including NGO Affairs Bureau contributing in national goals for making a difference in the lives of population since its establishment in 1985. YPSA, a fleet of professional staff specialization in the five thematic areas of Health; Education; Human rights and Governance; Economic Empowerment; Environment, Climate change and Disaster Management. At present YPSA’s direct program interventions reach in Greater Chittagong Division including Chittagong Hill Tracts and Dhaka and Gazipur district. YPSA has membership with more than 50 national and international organizations and networks. YPSA also has working relations and partnerships with different local CSO/CBO/DPO/Youth Organizations across the country and sharing skills and resources for different programmatic objectives and activities.

Programmatic interventions in response to COVID-19

Since its inception in 1985 (International Youth year), YPSA has been working for the poor and vulnerable population of the society in Bangladesh. YPSA has made its response to any disasters and emergencies of the people in the country. In such a crucial situation of Coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh YPSA, being a humanitarian organization, has come forward for ensuring support to the people who are most vulnerable and low income people in Chattogram division.

The COVID-19 incidence has been increasing geometrically and situation become worsening day by day even in Bangladesh. To prevent the spread of Corona Virus, government has already declared shut down of all educational institutions across the country and all offices as well as public transports. Government has postponed all national events, banned all types of mass gathering and restricted people to stay at home and strictly maintains social distancing including daily hygiene practices.

In this current situation in Bangladesh, the low-income and disadvantage people face the frightful prospect of not being able to afford their day to day livelihood needs and the most need hygiene facilities to save their lives. They lost their work/jobs and earnings and they cannot go out for work. They are starving because they don’t have money to buy their daily food, and life-saving hygiene materials they need at the crucial moment. Elderly people, Person with Disabilities, pregnant women and children are on the front lines. They are not only the most vulnerable for COVID-19 but they’re also among the poorest, illiterate, and do not have knowledge about hygiene practices. As a result, Government has urged all including communities, national and international NGOs, private sector to extend their supports to work along with the government to combat the Corona crisis situation. The major intervention of YPSA is as follows

Collaboration with Government and Local Government

  • Attending regular coordination meetings with the relevant government departments and following government instructions in relation to the COVID-19
  • Involving respective Local Government representative in all COVID-19 emergency response program including listing of vulnerable people and distribution as well
  • Contributed cash from organizational own fund to the Upazila administration, District level administration and one day YPSA staff salary to Prime Minister’s Relief fund through PKSF
  • Maintaining regular coordination with the Law Enforcing Agencies for relief goods transportation and distribution

Team Formation and Policy Procedure

  •  Formed COVID-19 emergency response team including regional sub-team with specific responsibilities
  • Special emergency procurement policy circular for COVID-19
  • Special office circular for all staff for COVID-19 crisis situation including uses of social media
  • Establish a e-communication system to monitor and response to COVID-19 within staff and program participants in the working areas

Training and Orientation for Staffs and Volunteers

  • YPSA organizes training and orientation for all Staffs in the respective field area
  • Regular Skype, zoom meeting with senior and mid-level staff on COVID-19
  • More than 80 Staff participated in different online courses on COVID-19
  • Orientation to Volunteers and Caregivers of YPSA
  • YPSA senior Management regularly taking part in different online meetings and webinars at national and international level
  • Orientation to 1320 Students at 14 Schools in the host community in Cox’s Bazar

Materials Development

  • Development of different BCC materials [print copy, soft copy, as per WHO and IEDCR guidelines]
  • Development of accessible reading materials (DAISY & EPUB book) for the person with visual and print disabilities
  • Development of BCC Materials on COVID-19 with the message of Prevention of Violent Extremism
  • Developed Application on COVID-19 vulnerability assessment

Awareness Campaign

  • Awareness campaign among the staffs and program participants through PVC board, leaflet distribution, social media campaign
  • Special social media campaign with the message of Prevention of Violent Extremism and Anti-smoking campaign
  • Special campaign for returnee migrants in the working area in coordination with BMET as well as referral; campaign for host community and local service providers in eco-tourism spots
  •  Orientation to Mazi and Religious Leader
  • Distributed 60,000 posters, leaflets and stickers with the messages of COVID-19
  • Miking on general awareness on COVID-19 including promotion of government instructions
  • Audio awareness session in local dialect/ Rohingya Language in the camp
  • Published articles on CORONA virus at local, national and online media
  • Writing regular blog on the COVID-19 issues

Community Radio Program

  • Special Content development for YPSA Community Radio
  • Broadcasting of regular program on COVID-19 by Radio Sagor Giri FM99.2 (YPSA Community Radio) and Radio Dwip (YPSA’s Internet Radio) etc.

Health and Psychological support

  • YPSA Heath team including doctors providing regular heath support among the Rohingya and host community people
  • Trained Counselors are providing psychological support among the Rohingya and host community people
  • Established referral mechanism

Distribution of Hygiene Kits and PPE

  • YPSA distributed around 10,000 Hygiene kits in the Rohingya Camp and other YPSA working areas
  • Distributed Hand gloves, Mask and Haxisol among the Community Volunteers and staff working at the community
  • Provided PPE to Physicians, health workers and field workers

Food and Cash Distribution

  • YPSA distributed around 5,000 food packages to marginalized people such as extreme poor people, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Ship Breaking workers in Chattogram and Cox’sbazar
  • YPSA provided cash support to around 1,000 marginalized people in Chattogram and Cox’sbazar
  • YPSA also provided technical and cash support to local CBO/DPO partners for ensuring support to people with special need in hard to reach area

Crop Marketing support to Marginal Farmers

  • YPSA and Chittagong University Club 34 batch and SSC batch-96 have jointly taken initiative for marginal farmers by providing them transportation support for ensuring marketing of their produced crops

Way Forward

The situation may be more deteriorating in coming days and holistic responses is essential to face this crisis. There is chance arising social unrest if entitlement of food and household essentials is not ensured; hence long term plan of actions is needed to deal this crisis. Considering this situation, YPSA want to continue the following efforts until the problem is solved.

  • Continue awareness campaign among the staffs and program participants including social media campaign
  • Continue broadcasting special program by Radio Sagor Giri FM99.2 and Radio Dwip (YPSA’s Internet Radio)
  • Distribute all together 100,000 food packages to extreme poor, PwDs, ship breaking workers, slum dwellers and other marginalized people
  • Continue distribution of hygiene kits
  • Emergency response program for COVID-19 affected communities as per need in coming days
  • Regular coordination with the relevant government departments and following government instructions in relation to the COVID-19

Keep regular contact with the respective partners/ donors and related stakeholders for the emergency response project for COVID-19 crisis
We are closely observing the day to day COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh especially in YPSA’s working areas. If there is any massive change of this situation, YPSA will be taking appropriate steps from its own stand point and as per Government policies and directions.

Challenges

One of the major challenges is distribution of necessary food and essentials to the appropriate people in the hard to reach area in the lock down situation. Besides, even having precaution, health safety of staff working at the outdoor in the field is also a major concern for organization.

Contact details of YPSA

Md. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive
YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)
House # F (10) P, Road # 13, Block-B, Chandgaon R/A, Chittagong-4212, Bangladesh
Tel: +88-031-671690, 672857, Cell: +8801711- 825068
Email: ypsa_arif@yahoo.com, arif@ypsa.org,
Website: www.ypsa.org

 


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