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  • Writer's pictureKay Sandberg

Hope Foundation Creates Covid-19 Isolation Unit for Rohingya Refugees!

Rohingya Child Tested for Covid-19 (Bangladesh)

Direct Relief Int'l provided our partner Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh with funding, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies for a new 50-bed isolation center, including a dedicated labor room for women with symptoms. One baby has already been delivered in the beautiful new facility, which also gives Rohingya refugees with coronavirus a place to rest and heal. The facility is unique within the camps outside Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Dr. Mahmood (Center) w Our Volunteer Kim Mcquoid

Dr. Iftiker Mahmood, President and Founder of Hope Foundation says, "This is where we can offer labor and delivery for the Covid-positive mothers, where other isolation centers in the camp nearby don't have that kind of service." He goes on to say Covid-19 has been slow to spread, with a relatively low number of cases due to the presence of World Health organization and other NGOS, and to restricted mobility into and between different areas of the camp. A volunteer doctor adds that Hope Foundation has another important tool: the trust of the Rohingya community it has been building for nearly 3 years since the camps swelled to 800,000 Muslim people fleeing genocide in Myanmar.

The new facility is in addition to a 50-bed field hospital specializing in women and children's care specifically for Rohingya families, and to Hope's main hospital in Cox's Bazar. To learn more or make a donation to their critically important, remarkable work:

To read Direct Relief's full article from July 13, 2020:

Global Force for Healing has also supported Hope's response to the global pandemic. To find out how donor dollars were put to good use, see today's companion blog.

Note: Photo of Dr. Mahmood, Ashland, OR volunteer Kim McQuoid and a Bangladeshi colleague was taken September 2018 in front of the Rohingya field hospital just being built



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