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Ongoing Work in Bangladesh
Life is difficult for families in Bangladesh. The country is riddled with malnutrition, illiteracy and infectious diseases — due in great part to abject poverty among about half of the country's 150 million people. What's more, natural disasters often strike, devastating the country's limited resources. Save the Children has worked in Bangladesh since 1970. Since then, we've improved millions of children's lives by focusing on better nutrition, health and education.
Tropical monsoons, frequent floods and cyclones inflict heavy damage annually to this impoverished nation. Over a third of the population is under the age of 18 and almost seven million children between five and 14 have to work to help their families survive.
While Bangladesh has made significant progress in addressing national health and education challenges over the past three decades of its independence, the country remains one of the world's poorest; indicators place it amongst the least developed countries.
Cyclone Mahasen hit the coast of Bangladesh near the southern district of Patulkhai in May, 2013. Learn more.
In November 2007, Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, leaving 200,000 families homeless. Save the Children quickly set up 40 spaces where children could learn and play and provided 13,000 children with a nutritious meal every day and clean drinking water. We also provided temporary shelter for 3,000 children and their families, and supplied teaching and play materials to 500 preschools attended by nearly 53,000 children.
Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which Save the Children is helping to create real and lasting change. It provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; it delivers a special opportunity to witness young lives lifted over time. Through child sponsorship, two lives are changed forever: yours and the life of your sponsored child.
Bangladesh Facts and Statistics
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program
Last Updated October 2013