Sakuma Begum* (14) and her brother Kassim* are supported by a Concern run pavement dweller center, Ananda Bazar, Dhaka. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.Sakuma Begum* (14) and her brother Kassim* are supported by a Concern run pavement dweller center, Ananda Bazar, Dhaka. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.Sakuma Begum* (14) and her brother Kassim* are supported by a Concern run pavement dweller center, Ananda Bazar, Dhaka. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Why are we in Bangladesh? Despite a reduction in poverty levels over the last few decades, Bangladesh remains an under-developed country and there are still about 40 million living in poverty and 20 million extremely poor. Bangladesh’s geographical location, land characteristics, rivers, and climate also make it very vulnerable to natural disasters.

 

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Find out more about our response here.

Roughly a quarter of Bangladesh's population is suffering from extremely high rates of malnutrition

Bangladesh remains vulnerable to food shortages with roughly a quarter of the population classed as food insecure and suffers from extremely high rates of malnutrition. Bangladesh performs poorly on a range of inequality indicators and there remain major challenges in terms of gender equality. These challenges include education, jobs, sexual and reproductive health, child marriages, partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence. The Government of Bangladesh is hosting approximately 855,000 Rohingya people who fled violence in Myanmar in what has become the world’s largest refugee camp.

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Emergency response

As part of Concern’s emergency response to the Rohingya crisis, lifesaving and preventative nutrition services are being delivered by our emergency nutrition team to six camps in Cox’s Bazar.

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Urban development

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Health services

Boli and Mohamud at Moynadhona refugee camp for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Boli and Mohamud at Moynadhona refugee camp for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Members of the Concern emergency response team at Hakim Para refugee camp for Rohingya people in Bangladesh. Photo by Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Members of the Concern emergency response team at Hakim Para refugee camp for Rohingya people in Bangladesh. Phot: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Rina Begum (32) outside Fuljhar primary school, Bangladesh. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
Rina Begum (32) outside Fuljhar primary school, Bangladesh. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
Zafar serves food from his food cart, Bangladesh. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.
Zafar serves food from his food cart, Bangladesh. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.
Arman receives cash for work outside Fuljhar primary school. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
Arman receives cash for work outside Fuljhar primary school. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.

Our proud history in Bangladesh

We have been fighting extreme poverty in Bangladesh since 1972. For over 45 years, we have worked with the most vulnerable people to reduce extreme poverty.

How we're helping Bangladesh

We are working hard to combat suffering and build resilience in Bangladesh. We are doing this by establishing programmes which will reduce poverty, respond to emergencies and improve health and nutrition.

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