The recent outbreak of COVID-19 affected Pakistan as well as the whole world. For three weeks now, the country is in lockdown and the number of affected and reported cases is increasing every day. Her Choice partner Bedari, local partner of Her Choice alliance member ICDI, is working hard in communities to inform people how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the response to the situation in Pakistan, Bedari staff conducted nine awareness sessions on hand washing, social distancing, stay at home and other COVID-19 preventions in Her Choice communities in Lahore, Chakwal and Vehari. These sessions have been delivered in small groups by adopting all preventive actions. Informative flyers about prevention from COVID-19 have been delivered to people in the Her Choice communities. Bedari also delivered flyers and conducted one to one awareness sessions at petrol pumps.
Furthermore, food bags have been given to the 67 families in Her Choice communities who are daily wagers and are facing serious crises due to COVID-19 as there is no opportunity to earn money. Also, hygiene kits (soap, masks and menstruation pads) are distributed to those in need. Besides these activities, Bedari staff is in touch and providing counseling and awareness to women and girls during this emergency situation in which they are in danger of being ever more isolated.