Start Fund Bangladesh: COVID-19 Chapter
Using local membership strength of a pooled funding mechanism to extend humanitarian support during a pandemic
The first allocation for COVID-19 under Start Fund Bangladesh was made on 27 March, a day after the country went into lockdown and nine days after the country reported its first death from the disease. Soon after, the second allocation was made on 31 March.
Disbursing a total amount of around £550k, the fund was able to reach around 4 million people from the most vulnerable communities of 23 districts - sensitising them on the immediate change of behaviour and practices needed to prevent infection, and increasing their access to facilities that were otherwise vital for protection against and treatment of a COVID-19 infection.
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