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Lending a helping hand

Collaboration between government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector is paramount

Update : 15 Dec 2023, 10:40 AM

As winters sweep across Bangladesh, we must remember that the cold brings not only physical discomfort but also exacerbates the vulnerabilities of the marginalized and economically disadvantaged populations. Thus, it is imperative for Bangladesh to reevaluate and enhance its social welfare programs to ensure that we are able to help those most in need.

Winter in Bangladesh poses unique challenges, especially for those living on the fringes of society. The impoverished face heightened difficulties in procuring warm clothing, securing adequate shelter, and accessing nutritious food. The existing social safety nets often fall short of addressing the specific needs that winter imposes on the vulnerable.

Initiatives such as distributing blankets, warm clothing, and heating essentials to the most vulnerable communities have always been a mainstay, but it is time now for a more systematic approach to it. Additionally, ensuring the availability of warm shelters and nutritious meals will also go a long way in protecting the disadvantaged from the unforgiving cold.

Of course, technology can be harnessed to streamline the disbursement of financial aid. Bangladesh’s social security payments received a boost when digital financial services were leveraged during Covid-19, and digital platforms should continue to be the medium to expedite the distribution of cash transfers, allowing beneficiaries to promptly access resources essential for combating winter. What is more important are public awareness campaigns to ensure that all eligible individuals are aware of and have access to these support systems.

Collaboration between government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector is paramount during this time. A collective effort will not only amplify the impact of social safety nets but also foster a sense of shared responsibility toward the welfare of our fellow citizens.

It is only by addressing the specific needs of the vulnerable during the colder months will we build a more resilient and compassionate society that stands united in the face of adversity.

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