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As the world continues to combat and contain COVID-19, Bangladesh is not an exception as the country has recorded over 1.5 million cases as of September 2021. There are many households that lack the necessary information and resources to protect themselves and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. The pandemic also further affects different segments of the population in Bangladesh disproportionately. One of these groups include waste collectors. In Khulna City Corporation, there are around 1200 individuals who go door to door collecting waste for daily wages. Almost all of them are neither able to maintain appropriate safety measures nor able to afford personal safety equipment, such as face masks and protective gowns. As such, they are in a much more vulnerable position due to the nature of their work.
AOSED is committed to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in Khulna City. Our efforts include: