Brac has handed over its 430-room learning centre at Ashkona to the government to use it as a quarantine facility for returnee migrants.
Also under a partnership with the government in a pilot project, the non-government organsation has started collecting Covid-19 related community-level data at the union level, read a press release today.
Brac is further set to start kiosk-based Covid-19 testing separately at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka and Narayanganj on a pilot basis.
Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac, said returnees will be able to stay in quarantine with relative ease if there are suitable quarantine facilities adjacent to Dhaka.
"This idea and commitment to the society has led Brac to hand its relatively large learning centre at Ashkona to the government," he said.
He also urged individuals and organisations with means to join its fundraising initiative so that assistance can be reached to more people living in ultra- poverty and in urban slums. For details on its fundraising initiative people can visit: https://www.brac.net/covid19/donate/.
As a partner of the Bangladesh government's Covid-19 response plan, over 100 thousand of its staff, health workers and volunteers are deployed to conduct the campaign jointly with local administration and public representative bodies.
The organisation has, so far, distributed more than 600,000 sachets of liquid soap, soap bars and hand sanitiser across the country. Health workers and mass people received more than 55,000 surgical masks and 81,000 gloves for personal protection against Covid-19 from Brac.
Besides, it has already started manufacturing reusable masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) through its hygienic home-based production units and distributed approximately 350,000 masks and 2,150 PPEs.
Alongside running an extensive information, education and communication campaign at community level, Brac is also conducting mass and digital media campaigns to sensitise people with messages of respiratory hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquettes and hand washing. Renowned physicians, artists, policymakers and senior Brac officials have joined the campaigns to raise awareness.