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COVID-19 cases in Rohingya Camps could be devastating - but there is hope.

15 May 2020

Tearfund, the Christian relief and development agency, is extremely concerned at reports of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

Sudarshan Reddy Kodooru, Tearfund’s Country Director in Bangladesh says:

“A case of coronavirus in the Rohingya camps is the news Tearfund has been dreading - but we are not without hope. Tearfund and its partners in Cox’s Bazar have been racing against time to prepare people in the camps, by teaching good hand washing, sanitation and hygiene. This is their best defence in a place where social distancing is extremely difficult.

“The vital work Tearfund is doing to increase the number of hand pumps and sanitation facilities is more important than ever, as is the work persuading people to use them.

“Tuesday’s fire in Kutupalong camp showed how a small spark quickly spread through hundreds of homes. Just imagine the devastation this virus could cause in one of the most densely populated places on earth.”

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Notes to editors:
Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency and a member of the Disasters’ Emergency Committee. Tearfund has been working around the world for more than 50 years responding to disasters and helping lift communities out of poverty. For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit www.tearfund.org.