SAJIDA Foundation began in 1987 informally as a small garage school for disadvantaged children and formally in 1993, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring health, happiness and dignity for all. It serves people from across the social strata through three categories of interventions: financial services, development programs and through social enterprises across 26 districts in Bangladesh.
SAJIDA Foundation has partnered with Renata Ltd, successor to Pfizer Inc in Bangladesh, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of Bangladesh.
SAJIDA has already reached 516,534 people through it’s different initiatives.
The Foundation turned its Narayanganj hospital into an Isolation and ICU Center to treat COVID-19 patients, one of the first hospitals from the private sector. With the support from Renata Ltd, SAJIDA has already distributed about 9000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) units.
SAJIDA, till date, has distributed food and hygiene packages to more than 10,000 people among poor, urban households in the slums and streets of Bangladesh.
SAJIDA Foundation is aggressively engaged in educating communities on COVID-19, and has installed more than 400 locally designed hand washing stations, ramping up to another 800 stations or more in the coming weeks. It has also distributed close to 300 trash cans to the vulnerable ready made garment factories as well.
SAJIDA has launched awareness initiatives for the elderly, chronically ill, and special needs children, and is also trying to address mental health through tele-counselling. It is also working with BRAC and Kaan Petey Roi to establish a Nationwide Counseling Hotline for people from all walks of life.
This programme has reached more than 120,000 people through phone calls. SAJIDA has also set up a 24/7 hotline for doctor consultation.
Through a joint collaboration, The Chatbot ‘Covid-19 Response Bangladesh’ has been initiated; a one-stop knowledge and service hub which features key facts of COVID-19, emergency help, self-care and protection instructions, symptoms checker, mental health support, doctors' portal, volunteer sign-up, etc. Till now, more than 5000 users have reached this platform and over 450 volunteers registered through Chatbot.
SAJIDA Foundation and Renata Ltd will marshal all their resources to fight this pandemic in Bangladesh to the best of their abilities, and reach 1 million people in the coming months. However, we also greatly welcome and seek your assistance, financial or in goods and kind, to better serve our people and nation in this global catastrophe.
You can visit their website (www.sajida.org) for regular updates of their initiatives