Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.
BRAC, an organisation committed to helping people lift themselves from extreme poverty through our Graduation approach, is swiftly adapting to address the increasing vulnerability of the ultra-poor and ensure their basic needs are met.