Bangladesh Children

Emergency Alert: Rohingya crisis response needs to be scaled up urgently as desperation grows in Bangladesh. Almost 422,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh in the past two and a half weeks following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, since August 25, including disturbing reports of hundreds of people, including children, being killed. Save the Children has been supporting the long-term needs of displaced Rohingya families and is now scaling up its relief work, and has distributed hundreds of shelter kits, set up ‘child friendly spaces’ to support children’s emotional wellbeing and provide a safe space to play, and is running child protection services and providing support to unaccompanied children. Donate now

About Bangladesh

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. 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. These limitations are compounded when populations are forced to seek their livelihoods in remote and disaster-prone areas where they are at high risk each year.

Facts About

More than 161 Million
live there

About 28% of girls and boys are out of school

38 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

Our Work

Save the Children has been working in Bangladesh since 1970, improving the lives of millions of children through programming focused on better nutrition, maternal, newborn, and child health, education, and child protection.

In the organization’s nearly five decades in Bangladesh, Save the Children has responded to humanitarian crises and natural disasters, such as Cyclone Mahasen, which hit the southern coast of Bangladesh in May 2013, causing severe flooding and damage for thousands of communities.

Currently, Save the Children is a lead partner on the Bangladesh MaMoni Health Systems Strengthening Project, a four-year USAID-funded program under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), which is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Bangladesh. Learn More

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 31,423
from harm

supported 29,782
in times of crisis

provided 1,247,671 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 4,131 families
feed their children

gave 17,241 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 1972, Save the Children in Bangladesh has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. We nurture healthy moms and healthy babies by providing access to high-impact, low-cost care, working to stop preventable death in both mother and child. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Bangladesh continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;

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