Where We Work - Bangladesh

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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.

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Give Fish

With fish-farm training, a stock of fish, fishing pole, fishhooks, lines and net, a family can feed themselves and start a business to escape poverty.


Give Bees

Save the Children provides bees, a bee suit, a hive and weekly training to help a family raise bees and harvest honey for a stable income.


Give a Sheep

Sheep supply wool, milk and fertilizer to improve daily life for impoverished families. Herds of sheep can be a significant source of income.

Educate a Girl

Educate a Girl

For less than 20 cents per day, a girl can receive the books, learning materials and school access needed to learn and thrive. The results are life changing.

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Challenges for Children

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. 

Health and Nutrition

Chronic hunger is made worse by high rates of disease – particularly in children. Malnutrition has lifelong consequences – malnourished children are more likely to become ill more often and perform poorly in school. Women who are malnourished are more likely to give birth to small or underweight babies – repeating this dangerous cycle. Malnutrition in childhood is also associated with developmental delays, lower economic productivity and susceptibility to chronic disease into adulthood. 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.

Emergency Response

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.

Sponsor a Child in Bangladesh

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

  • Population: 163,654,860
  • Infant Death Rate: 47 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 70
  • Poverty Rate: 43%
  • Underweight Children: 41%
  • Human Development Rank: 146
  • Maternal Death Risk: 240 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 8 years
  • Clean Water Access: 81%


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 June 2014