Bangladesh is facing an unprecedented crisis as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise exponentially. The pandemic has crippled the economy after the lockdown and has thrown millions of its population into poverty and food insecurity, further amplifying the existing inequalities for the most vulnerable children and adolescents. Household stressors invoked by economic hardship have only increased long-standing domestic abuse of women and children, with limited systems or programs in place to dampen this surge of violence.
Throughout May 2020, a survey of nearly 2,700 adults and 1,600 children conducted in 24 districts across the country by World Vision, the key findings only confirmed that households across the country are struggling. The rapid assessment also covered one of World Vision Operational Areas in the Rohingya host community in Cox’s Bazaar.
As per the report, 95% of the households' livelihoods activities affected, 89.6% households' income reduced, 94.7% of households have no or inadequate food stock, 34% of households have no access to the safe & clean drinking water, 50% households' have non-adherence to good hygiene practices and 34.7% of parents/caregivers applied physical punishment to their children as a form of discipline.