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 people fleeing to Bangladesh in recent weeks 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.
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 refugees.
"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,” said Action Against Hunger’s Country Director for Bangladesh, Nipin Gangadharan. “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,” he warned.
WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY DONE
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.
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Make a donation to support our work in Bangladesh and the money you donate will help us respond to this urgent crisis and provide more children and families with the vital emergency food and water they need.