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Pandemic in Focus

How Hard Could It Be: Caregivers & Slum Mothers in COVID-19

Nazmul Hassan Shanji | Bangladesh

Sabina Akter, 36 years old woman is working as an Area Manager in Manoshi. She poses for a portrait during her daily shift in BRAC maternity clinic in Korail slum. She is responsible for informing Shasthya Kormi (SK) and Shasthya Shebika (SS) about Covid19, provide orientation & guideline, supply of PPE, gloves, masks, sanitizer, reporting HO about COVID suspected cases according to information collected by SS

When the whole world is suffering from a death procession due to the novel coronavirus pandemic every day, there are still new heartbeats coming from several places all over the world through expectant and nursing mothers, including in the Korail slum in Dhaka. Korail is one of the most densely populated slums of Dhaka where a pandemic situation can be the worst for expecting and nursing mothers with less space, water, food and health facilities. But some nurses are there to serve them as frontline fighters from the world's largest NGO, BRAC, through its health, nutrition & population program under the Maternal Neonatal & Child Health project. While the entire country is facing health issues related to COVID-19 attacks such as fewer doctors, fewer medical support staff for health checkups, less OPD services in hospitals, some of the people in Korail are still there trying to give quality care to new mothers. Every day they are putting themselves at risk to save others’ lives like the hero of the nation.

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