People Helped in 2018: 1,442,297
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. 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.
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 Bangladesh. 902,000 refugees still live in the 34 camps of Cox's Bazar. The lack of food security, cramped living conditions and lack of hygiene have resulted in high rates of malnutrition, for both refugees and host communities.
In Cox's Bazar, we have put in place a multi-sectoral response to the emergency. In partnership with both local and international organizations, we prevented and treated acute malnutrition: 14,858 children were admitted to therapeutic centers. In official and makeshift camps, we supported host communities and refugees through interventions in nutrition and health, mental health and childcare practices, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. 60 water points were renovated or built in 2018, and 55,321 sanitary kits were distributed. We also operate outside the camps in the region. We helped to strengthen the response capacity of local populations to earthquakes and to build local resilience in the district of Satkhira.