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Covid-19 fallout: Grameen Healthcare Services distributes food to 135 families

Grameen Healthcare Services Limited (GHS) has undertaken a three-month long "Food Support Initiative" to help the families that are in dire need for food and welfare support amid fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

GHS is a social business organisation which has been providing healthcare services to the country's poor and downtrodden population in remote areas for more than a decade and operating four eye hospitals in four different districts � Bogura, Barishal, Thakurgaon, and Satkhira.

As the part of the programme, GHS has already provided 135 families with a maximum 10kg rice, 2kg lentils, 2kg flour, 2kg onion, 5kg potatoes, 2 litres of soybean oil, 1kg salt, 2 soaps and Tk 200 as emergency cash as food and welfare support based on the size of the families.

The organisation is planning to expand the programme to support additional 405 families till June this year.

Three hospitals under GHS have been carrying out the food distribution in Bogura, Barishal and Thakurgaon districts. Since everyone is under lockdown, GHS employees are delivering the food from door to door.

GHS employees have generously donated their one day's salary to help create the fund to support the poor families. To continue the initiative, GHS has created a relief fund to provide food support to the poor and underprivileged families in specific areas for the next three months.

The Daily Star News Published link:

https://www.thedailystar.net/coronavirus-covid-19-fallout-grameen-healthcare-services-distributes-food-135-families-1895683

 
Food Distribution Program in Corona Virus pandemic

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Food distribution program

In light of the recent situation caused by Corona virus day laborers, workers and small business owners have become jobless and their source of income has been disrupted severely. To mitigate this challenge as part of various other activities, Grameen Healthcare Services Ltd., a social business enterprise, has undertaken a three month long 'Food Support Initiative' to help the families in remote area who are in dire need of food and welfare support for next three months.

Initially an overall number of 135 families have been shortlisted for the relief distribution with a target of providing support to 405 families in Bogura, Barishal and Thakurgaon districts till June 2020. All the hospitals under GHS have been carrying out the task of essential food distribution. Considering of family members into account maximum 10 KGs of rice, 2 KGs of lentil, 2KGs of flour, 2 KGs of onions, 5 KGs of potatoes, 2 liters of soybean oil, 1 KG of salt, 2 soaps (Dettol/Lifebuoy) and 200 (two hundred) taka emergency cash is given as welfare and food support. Since everyone is under lockdown in current condition, the GHS employees are providing door to door food support delivery. In context of the Corona pandemic situation this support program will continue for next 3 months till June 2020.

Meanwhile the GHS hospitals are continuing their operation for essential and emergency eye care treatments in four different districts � Bogura, Barishal, Thakurgaon and Satkhira. The aim of these hospitals is to provide modern eye care treatments to the under privileged people at an affordable cost. In addition, Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing is working as a sister concern of GHS and providing nursing education and training with great repute. They are also providing counseling and patients� education for preventive measures as per guidelines given by World Health Organization.


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GHS Food Distribution and Welfare program

Grameen Health Care Services Limited has undertaken the welfare activities to help the day labours, small business owners, down trodden and desolated families who are unable to get by with their daily necessities due to the lockdown situation of the country.

GHS management has created a relief fund to provide support to the families in desolated areas.

Grameen GC Eye hospitals have taken the initiative of supplying the reliefs to poor families according to the decisions taken by the management committee.

GHS have planned to provide 15 days worth of rice, lentil, potato, cooking oil, salt, flour, soap, and necessary grocery arrangements, which will be enough to take care of these poor families who are now unable to provide for themselves.

Grameen GC Eye Hospital, Bogura took the initiative to provide welfare support to 60 families, which are shortlisted after careful deliberation. Till 9 April, 2020, they have managed to provide the support to 18 families.

Grameen GC Eye Hospital, Barishal has shortlisted 40 families who are in dire need for food and welfare support and till date extended the support to 17 poor families.

Grameen Eye Hospital, Thakurgaon has decided to extend their support to 35 families and already manage to reach 20 families with support which is enough to support them for 15 days.

Considering the Corona pandemic situation this support program can be extended to 3 months.

GHS management committee has short listed families who are in dire need for foods and supports and working adamantly to support them.

At the same time, all the hospitals under GHS management is operating by strictly following the guidelines provided by WHO for safety and preventive measures.

Spraying disinfectants at the entrance in a regular interval

Providing emergency services to the incoming patients/visitor by maintaining safe distance of 3 meters

Wearing face masks and personal protective equipments is a must at GHS operated hospitals

 
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