Bangladesh

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

People Helped in 2017: 1,215,696

422,963
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
710,515
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
82,218
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Bangladesh is not only one of the world’s most populous countries, it’s also home to some of the highest rates of undernutrition around, with millions of children under the age of five suffering from severe malnutrition and 31.5 percent of the country living in poverty. 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.

The country is also one of the most vulnerable to natural disasters and climate shocks. In May 2017, heavy rains and landslides caused by Typhoon Mora affected more than nine million people.

Following massive population movements from the Rakhine State in Myanmar in August 2017, large numbers of Rohingya and members of others ethnic minorities crossed the border with Bangladesh. Currently, about one million people have taken shelter in refugee camps and villages in Cox’s Bazar. More than 40
percent of the children are stunted, and the severe acute malnutrition rates are far above the World Health Organization's emergency thresholds.

In 2017, we responded to three major emergencies: the Rohingya refugee crisis, Typhoon Mora, and heavy floods in the northwest regions. In partnership with several local and international organizations, we organized the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition, as well as the support to vulnerable people in formal and informal camps, by direct interventions in nutrition and health, mental health and care practices, and water, sanitation and hygiene. 

At the same time, our teams continued programs to promote disaster risk reduction, strengthen the resilience of communities and authorities to face disasters, and support local government in the fight against acute undernutrition.

 

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