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Halt the spread of Covid-19 in Bangladesh

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30666

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Our goal
To promote hand hygiene by installing 40 handwashing facilities and wash a million hands each year.
The Challenge

Regular handwashing prevents Covid-19 but 8M people in Bangladesh have no access to such facilities.

In Bangladesh, almost 23 million people live with limited access to handwashing facilities - without soap and water - and about 8 million have no access to handwashing facilities at all (WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2017). The current COVID-19 pandemic compounds the need for social distancing, face coverings, and accurate hygiene practices, creating an opportunity to leverage our existing partnership with the Bangladeshi community-based organization ADESH.

Most families in this region live on less than $100 per month, as skilled workers or through fishing and agriculture. Many of these farmers lost their crops during the amphan cyclone in the latest monsoon season, exacerbating survival issues. Garment workers have been unable to work due to COVID-19.

In the last 2 months, the pandemic has destroyed access to wages, disrupted the food supply chain, and left families with limited means to support themselves in already fragile conditions. In this resource-limited country, testing and treatment options are limited if not non-existent for the communities in which we work, making preventative strategies paramount. Our intervention strategy tackles a critical component of disease control - limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Our Solution

Promote hand hygiene by improving access to handwashing facilities and boosting health literacy.

There is an abundance of research that proves the positive impact of hand hygiene to combat transmission rates of communicable diseases in a community. Access to handwashing stations combined with trainers will guarantee a significant increase in handwashing practices in the community. The combination of using face masks and social distancing along with handwashing has shown to be effective in decreasing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in many countries.

With input from our local partner in Bangladesh, we are prototyping a safe and scalable handwashing station that captures and uses rainwater as its primary water source and operates by using foot pedals for the water flow and the soap dispenser. By leveraging the heavy rain of up to 15 inches daily, we can harvest the rainwater to supply handwashing stations to critical areas in the community such as markets, schools, and CBOs.

The logic is simple. Handwashing saves lives by combating the spread of diseases. Our design funnels the daily rainfall into tanks that store water for community members to use for handwashing. Each station will have a hand hygiene trainer present to help individuals follow the correct procedures of hand hygiene to combat transmission of COVID-19 and the trainer will also share additional COVID-19 related information to the community.

Your Impact

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus by promoting accurate hand hygiene practices.

1. Increase rates of accurate handwashing practice, with a goal to wash over one million hands every year.
2. Reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the long term, as a result of improved access to handwashing stations and learning accurate methods of washing hands.
3. Provide jobs to skilled technicians, laborers, and health workers.
4. Provide a safer environment for those returning to jobs at markets, schools, and other high-traffic areas.

$25,750 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 39%-Project Planning costs

  • 39%-Research and Evaluation costs

  • 19%-Implementation costs

  • 3%-Stripe fees

$14,000 Campaign Booster Funding

This displays the maximum incremental additional funding the campaign could receive (Maximum Funding Amount (MFA) less Minimum Funding Goal)). For example, if the MFA is $100,000 and the MFG $10,000, it would show the difference of $90,000 here.

  • 36%-8 hygiene trainers for month 2

  • 36%-8 hygiene trainers for month 1

  • 28%-Data collection tools and tech

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