COVID-19 Prevention Initiative

Initiative for face mask production as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Dacope, Bangladesh

Quick Facts

Project Location:    Dacope Upazilla and Khulna City, Bangladesh

Executive Partner: RUPSA

Project Duration:    since April 2020, depending on pandemic duration

Beneficiaries:         expected > 5,000

Total Costs:            open – depending on incoming donations

Core problems of the pandemic in Khulna und Dacope

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced countries around the world to implement measures such as flight bans, compulsory closures, and social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic. The South Asian nation of Bangladesh has followed suit, banning flights and closing schools as well as colleges; only a few emergency service offices in one of the poorest countries in the world are still open. Yet, as the government has not imposed a curfew, millions of people are on the streets every day to earn a living.



Social distancing is a means of controlling infectious diseases. In a densely populated country like Bangladesh, however, it is difficult to implement such a measure in many areas. It is particularly difficult in the slums of the cities. Millions of people live there in such a confined space that it is unthinkable to enforce a kind of social distancing. Under these circumstances, the provision of a face mask can help to slow down the further spread of the corona virus.



inhabitants:   157,500

women / men:   46% / 54%

literacy rate:   38%

subsistence:  agriculture & fishing


Khulna City

inhabitants:   963,000


Current Project

CPI Project 1
Initiative for face mask production as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Dacope, Bangladesh


Project Area: Dacope and Khulna, Bangladesh

Executive Partner: RUPSA

Project start: April 2020                                                        

Duration: depending on pandemic duration

Beneficiaries: expected > 5,000

Total Costs: open – depending on incoming donations


Target Donations: > 3,000 EUR
Collected Donations (04.05.2020): 1,381 EUR
General Donations: 1,000 EUR



What happens to the funds?

  • Production and free distribution of reusable face mask (with 3 layers of cotton fabric)
  • Production and free distribution of educational leaflets (including information on necessary sanitation, hygiene and precautionary measures)
  • Purchase and free distribution of soap for regular hand washing


Where are the face masks produced?

  • 50% at the DESHIPAD production centre in Dacope (5 sewing machines)
  • 50% in the training centre of the RUPSA head office in Khulna (5 sewing machines)
  • Production costs: approx. BDT 17/piece, equivalent to 17 EUR for 100 masks


Who are the target groups?

  • Low-income people living in slum areas of the city of Khulna (Sonadanga, Moilapota, Rupsa slums)
  • Day labourers and vulnerable groups in the villages and suburban areas of Dacope Upazilla


Where are the supplies distributed?

  • In the city of Khulna: RUPSA officials together with the district administration
  • In Dacope: RUPSA branch office together with the Upazilla administration 

How can you help?

Be part of it and help us to protect the people in Bangladesh from the corona virus!

With only 17 EUR, we can sew 100 face masks and distribute them for free to poor and destitute people.


Please transfer your donation directly to our donation account with the subject "face mask" or fill out the SEPA direct debit mandate


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