Bangladesh | Action Against Hunger is treating malnourished children, who are facing an unprecedented crisis with flooding and Rahingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.


Millions of children under five suffer from undernutrition in Bangladesh. Help our work to support those most affected in this crisis area and elsewhere 

Country Overview

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.

Right now, the country is suffering with severe flooding, as well hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh in recent months from neighbouring Myanmar, due to the outbreak of heavy violence in the Rakhine State. Many children and young mothers are traumatised, undernourished and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

People we helped in 2016

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger is conducting emergency planning to anticipate the needs of people in Bangladesh, and is providing essential services for up to 120,000 Rohingya refugees.

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

In the summer of 2013, Bangladesh was hit by Cyclone Mahasen, which destroyed or damaged thousands of homes in Patuakhali and Dinajpur, caused extensive livestock losses, and disrupted farming and livelihoods across these regions. In response, our teams distributed food and other supplies to over 2,000 affected families and continue to support post-emergency restoration projects.

In 2016 we provided 157,158 people with nutritional support and ensured 101,213 people gained access to clean water and sanitation. We are committed to creating a stable and sustanable environment in Bangladesh and in 2016 we helped 40,041 people become economically self sufficient.


"We are working to respond to the alarming number of refugees crossing into Bangladesh, and are scaling up as fast as we can, adapting our response and mobilising emergency teams and resources to assist people as soon as they arrive. We are extremely concerned. To put it simply, in just 11 days, an influx of more than a quarter of a million people could overwhelm any system,” - Action Against Hunger’s Country Director for Bangladesh, Nipin Gangadharan.

Action Against Hunger is committed to helping Bangladesh reduce malnutrition rates, mitigate the impact of natural disasters, develop emergency response plans for future disasters, and strengthen the quality, coverage, and impact of our work in Bangladesh.


Support our work in Bangladesh to provide urgent food and water and emergency services to Rahingya refugees from Myanmar
Support our work in Bangladesh to provide urgent food and water and emergency services to Rahingya refugees from Myanmar


Help us support Rohingya refugees

Photocredits: © Action Against Hunger - Bangladesh. Mothers attend a cooking demonstration aimed at improving cooking and food preparation skills. 

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