NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE)

Personal preparedness and self-protective measures of frontline health care workers

This project is based at Fasiuddin Khan Research Foundation in Bangladesh


  • Project title:  Exploring personal preparedness and self-protective measures against COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study protocol of frontline health care workers in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  • Based at:  Fasiuddin Khan Research Foundation (FKRF), Bangladesh
  • Start date:  July 2020
  • End date:  September 2020
  • Co-principal investigators:  Dr Farzana Khan, Professor Liz Grant
  • Project team:  Hasina Karim, Dr Tasnim Azad, Saiduzzaman Bhuiyan, Professor Samir K Saha


Frontline health care workers (FHCWs) face a number of safety concerns when providing services during the current COVID-19 pandemic, with a significant number catching the virus themselves.

As the pandemic escalates, there is a need to establish an effective, and socially and culturally sensitive, protection system to protect FHCWs.

There is a lack of research relating to low and middle-income country FHCWs’ perceived behaviour, including their understanding of personal preparation and self-protective measures in a pandemic.

There are particular needs exemplified by working in refugee settings of intense humanitarian crises.

There is currently no global information on how COVID-19 will impact refugee settings. FHCWs in these settings face exceptional challenges, working with limited resources, with a population who are fearful of external authority systems, and who have endured many atrocities.

Aim and impact

This project will explore the perceptions and feelings of a community of FHCWs (including doctors, nurses and community health workers) in Cox’s Bazar, about personal preparation and protective measures for FHCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study will provide essential information on how to establish and implement an effective, and socially and culturally sensitive, protection system for FHCWs – an urgent requirement as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly escalates.

Key developments

  • Project final report submitted.
  • Paper is being prepared for the Lancet Global Health
  • Presentations made in Bangladesh
  • Health Sector Partners Meetings at Cox’s Bazar
  • Bangladesh Newspaper article to be submitted
  • An article for IAHPC News Bulletin
  • An article for ehospice

Project data

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