Covid-19 Response

Program Respective Initiatives

Democracy and Political Empowerment

Under various project-based intervention with this portfolio, Rupantar came out with various COVID 19 responses to address the community needs and ensuring that the transparency as well accountability along with the peoples’ participation remained in place.
Along with raising awareness among the community to stay at home and maintaining social distance, as well other health advisories, Rupantar also initiated their approaches to make the virtual communication among the women leaders easily accessible. During the period, Rupantar also collected data from their working area. They motivated Union Parishad to activate committee of Humanitarian assistance and mobilize that committee to work for Corona Prevention Committee. Various platforms like Aparajita, SDG forums and so on continued their social awareness raising activities through raising awareness and encouraging people to maintain safety and security steps. Public Service announcement has been one of the effective means along with leaflets, pamphlets, posters and brochures through which people were informed about the guidelines and national helplines. More than 15,000 stakeholders acted as the prime information hub to spread various awareness message under various interventions. Since this crucial period came out with an impact over the governance and political empowerment (women specially), interventions were focused on observing the context to come out with context responsive approaches to counter the newly emerged issues through community actors.
 

Peace and Tolerance

 While the whole world initially (mostly) identified the emerge of COVID19 as health hazard, Rupantar also identified this health hazard as one of the potentially huge sources of spreading misinformation and disinformation resulting in INFODEMIC. The rumors, propaganda, hate speech spread everywhere across the media along with in person communication. The community actors tried to mobilize the community to the authenticated sources of information to avoid any confusion and unintended deteriorated social crisis resulted from the media speculation.
Moreover, the youth change agents from the community also got involved in responding to the social need by providing hygiene support to 20,000 families initially. Later they also developed various sanitization centers at their own community with their own effort which resulted in bringing a social behavior change in maintaining the health advisories. The activities conducted during the reporting period of COVID19 affected time went over online and adapted virtual method. The youth actors from the community and universities also worked to monitor the trend of the misinformation and hate speech to understand the motif resulted in developing positive and alternative narrative.

Disaster Risk Reduction and CCA

Under various project-based intervention with this portfolio, Rupantar came out with various COVID 19 responses to address the community needs and ensuring that the transparency as well accountability along with the peoples’ participation remained in place.

Rupantar’s Interventions intervention basically focused on awareness raising and providing necessary hardware support for preventing the spread of Corona Virus in the respective areas. There has been installation of 46 hand-washing devices at different points including UNO Office and Upazila Health Complex. Hygiene Materials have been distributed among 750 households at village level. Awareness materials have been distributed and message disseminated through the support of local cable network and printed media.

Children and Youth Rights

While the children remained at the most vulnerable stage during this critical moment, Rupantar focused on maintaining child sensitive approaches for the interventions. The children faced a new dimension when their educational institutions remained closed for unknown time. They remained restricted under their own house to avoid social crowd and staying safe. Rupantar’s intervention basically focused on ensuring child sensitive space at their home and other areas. The parents were motivated and sensitized as cross cutting issues under all the responses Rupantar carried out during the reporting period. To ensure the mental upbringing and nourishment of the children, Rupantar has conducted all the interventions as child responsive.

Media and Folk Theatre

As part of COVID-19 response there has been remarkable transition using Rupantar Method of Development Communication. Rupantar’s has promoted awareness through its contents publishing them on online platforms along with using Public Service Announcement Process. A total Number of 27 different issue-based contents have been developed and disseminated on different online mediums for mass awareness which covered around 500,000 community people.

Useful links

Rupantar Situation Reports