Bangladesh Children

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 168 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 10 years

41 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

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. Learn More

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 45,393
from harm

supported 58,893
in times of crisis

provided 454,811 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 410,516 families
feed their children

gave 246,682 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.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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