How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed

Pre partition India mainly consisted of British controlled areas and sovereign princely states which were not fully and formally part of British India. In a call for independence from British Rule, Cyril Radcliffe, who had never been to India was given less than 40 days to draw up the new borders based on outdated mapsContinue reading “How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed”

Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive

As the western world battles a pandemic, the struggle to survive in Bangladesh is more connected than is initially apparent. Though the death rate is climbing steadily – currently standing at 1,012 at the time of writing – the prevailing concern is one of economics rather than healthcare provision. In fact, as a developing country,Continue reading “Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive”

Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms in Bengal in 283 years, has left much of Kolkata without electricity, drinking water, or phone lines. The cyclone is estimated to have caused $13.2 billion in damage. Although, the army has sent troops to help with the aftermath of the cyclone, this comes after several days ofContinue reading “Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh”

Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world seems like a ghost town. Usually bustling with over 10 million rickshaw drivers, labourers and roadside vendors, Dhaka’s streets are now eerily quiet. Rickshaw drivers rely on their daily wages to get by and they may be hit hardest by the enforced lockdown. ThisContinue reading “Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh”

First doctor to die from Covid 19 in Bangladesh

50 year old Md Moyeen Uddin becomes the first doctor to die from Covid-19 in Bangladesh amid concerns about a lack of PPE. He leaves behind 2 children and his wife, who is also a doctor. More than 100 healthcare professionals have been infected so far with the country reporting a death toll of 91Continue reading “First doctor to die from Covid 19 in Bangladesh”

Woman abandoned in jungle by family fearing coronavirus

A 50 year old woman from Tangail, Bangladesh was left abandoned in a jungle by her husband and sons after fearing she had contracted coronavirus. She had been suffering from shortness of breath and a fever for a day. He family, suspecting she had contracted the coronavirus, took her to a jungle in Sakhipur’s IsadighiContinue reading “Woman abandoned in jungle by family fearing coronavirus”

Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees in Covid-19 Quarantine

Whilst people worldwide are practising social distancing, we must consider those who do not have the luxury of space to keep themselves isolated. The so-called “social distancing” many countries are practicing to prevent COVID-19 seems a cruel joke to the Rohingyas who live in the overcrowded refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. If the virus spreadsContinue reading “Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees in Covid-19 Quarantine”

Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit

Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit, which they claim can detect the virus in less than 15 minutes. The dot blot kit has been cleared for mass production in hopes to ease the pressure on the pathology services. However, such kits look for antibodies produced by the white blood cells in response toContinue reading “Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit”

Bangladesh government announces lockdown

World Health Organization has asked Bangladesh to consider imposing a complete or partial lockdown on Saturday and declare an emergency, to combat the spread of coronavirus.⁣⁣⁣⁣In a densely populated country like Bangladesh, social distancing measures to prevent COVID-19 is a tall order. Especially in the slums in Dhaka and Chattagram, where millions of people liveContinue reading “Bangladesh government announces lockdown”