Bangladesh

Photo: Kathleen Prior for Action Against Hunger, Bangladesh
Population
161 million
Human Development Index
139 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
1,272 employees
Program Start
2007

People Helped in 2019: 1,079,414

390,212
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
340,910
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
348,292
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populous countries, with high rates of undernutrition: millions of children under the age of five suffer from severe malnutrition. The country’s public health is further undermined by poorly developed water resources, inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices, and recurring natural disasters such as cyclones and seasonal floods, which are made worse by climate change.

Since 2007, Action Against Hunger has responded to the urgent needs of people in Bangladesh through nutrition, health, and care practices, food security programs, water, sanitation and hygiene activities, and disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation programs.

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Despite the constant increase in indicators of economic growth, about 31.5% of the Bangladeshi population lives below the poverty line. Following violence in Myanmar in August 2017, a large number of Rohingya and other ethnic minorities crossed the border into Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

As a leading actor in Cox’s Bazar, Action Against Hunger is conducting a massive multi-sectorial emergency response to alleviate the needs of refugees and host communities. We implement health and nutrition activities, including screening and treating severely and moderately malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding women. We estimate that 340,000 people from refugee and host communities benefited from food security and livelihood activities in 2019. Throughout the last year, Action Against Hunger distributed an average of 3,424 meals per day.

Our teams provide safe drinking water to both refugees and host communities by building and maintaining water points and latrines and distributing hygiene kits. We implement gender-responsive assistance and protection for Rohingya women and girls, which allow people to access safe spaces and to receive mental health and psychosocial support and gender-based violence protection services.

 

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