child eats in an Action Against Hunger supported feeding centre. Centres like this support thousands of displaced Rohingya refugees staying in makeshift camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Much of the population of Bangladesh live in poverty. The country is extremely vulnerable to climate change and climate disasters, and  it hosts a large number of refugees from neighbouring countries. 

Country Overview

Despite economic indicators consistently progressing, about 31.5% of the population is living under the threshold of poverty. Following massive population movements from the Rakhine State in Myanmar last August, 2017, large numbers of Rohingya refugees and members of other ethnic minorities have crossed the border into Bangladesh. Currently about one million people have taken shelter in the camps and villages in Cox's Bazar. More than 40% of children are stunted, and the severe acute malnutrition rates are far above emergency thresholds set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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

1,442,297
People we helped in 2018

What we are doing

Our work in Bangladesh focuses on: 

  • The prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition
  • Supporting host communities and refugees in official and makeshift camps
  • Working on water, sanitation and hygiene projects 
  • Preparing and strengthening the communities vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters 
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Photo credits: © Gonzalo Hohr and Tom Pilston / Action Against Hunger

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Facts

Number of Staff
966
Operating since
2007
Bases
Dhaka, Cox's Bazar, Kurigram, Satkhira, Barguna