Shakti Foundation and IRD Global have initiated “School-Based COVID-19 Surveillance” project
Shakti Foundation, one of the nation’s leading non-government developmental organizations, in association with IRD Global Bangladesh and funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will conduct Ag-RDT tests to screen COVID-19 among students from both public and private schools all over Dhaka City, completely free of cost.
Students found to be COVID-19 positive will be linked with or provided with proper treatment through clinical assessment. Besides, pupils staying in isolation or quarantine as well as their parents will be provided with educational information, psychological counseling, and other social support as per needs.
An agreement was signed between Shakti Foundation and IRD Bangladesh on 5th April 2022 in this regard. The signing ceremony was presided over by the Deputy Executive Director of Shakti Foundation, Mr. Imran Ahmed, and the Country Director of IRD Global, Dr. Tapash Roy.
Notably, Shakti Foundation had made a significant contribution towards combating the spread of COVID-19 through awareness building and free mask distribution via its initiative, "Mask Amar, Shurokkha Shobar". Through this campaign, the Shakti foundation distributed more than 30 lakhs of free masks and aware nearly 50 lakhs, of people.