Standard Chartered Bangladesh has teamed up with Brac to provide support packages to 25,000 people from 5,000 low-income families living in areas under lock down to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
The packages, containing essential materials and non-perishable food items, are being delivered at the doorsteps of the affected households, according to a press release issued today.
Besides, SCB has launched several other initiatives to stand beside the people of Bangladesh in this crisis, the release added.
SCB Chief Executive Officer Naser Ezaz Bijoy said, "Covid-19 is a generational challenge that will require every section of the society to come together in support of each other."
"We are glad to join forces with Standard Chartered and stand beside vulnerable families under lock-down with essential food support," Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh said.
"Compassion and openness will help remove the social stigma and fear surrounding the virus. We are reaching out to these particular communities to address their needs and encourage them to self-report and maintain social distancing. Targeting high-risk, hotspot areas and customising support interventions to fit their context are critical to mitigate the crisis," Asif said.
Standard Chartered has initiated a $1 billion global financing programme for companies that provide goods and services to help the fight against Covid-19, said the release.
It has also launched a $50 million fund aiding communities affected by the pandemic across its global footprint, including Bangladesh, the release added.
Brac has mobilised its entire organisation, including over 100,000 frontline staff, community healthcare workers and volunteers to stand beside communities from the very onset of the Covid-19 crisis, the release added.