For the most vulnerable refugee and host communities in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, a major outbreak of COVID-19 is imminent. The potential death toll unimaginable. With the first confirmed cases in the Rohingya refugee camps now reported, we are in a race against time. The critical window to save thousands of lives is now.

Save the Children is working on the front line to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus and prepare health workers and health facilities, but we cannot do this alone.

Help Save Children in Bangladesh

Bangladesh became independent in 1971, and has since suffered military unrest, extreme poverty and natural disasters. In August 2017, monsoons, landslides and flooding devastated parts of northern Bangladesh. To further tax the resilient Bangladeshi people, 688,000 Rohingya men, women and children have crossed the border into Bangladesh, fleeing large-scale violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The Challenges for Children in Bangladesh

Almost 7 million children (between the age of 5-14) need to work to help to help their families survive. Bangladeshi children need your help.*

  • 24% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 31 dies before their 5th birthday - 5 times that of the United States
  • 36% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 17% of school-age children are out of school
  • 4% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 32% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 12 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 30% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Bangladesh by Save the Children

Our Work for Children in Bangladesh

Save the Children has been in Bangladesh since 1970, and today our programs reach over 15 million people each year. With a staff of over 800 and a network of more than 100 partners, we offer a wide range of development programs, while promoting the children and adolescents’ basic rights: education, good health, and a life without violence. We are also a leading humanitarian organization for refugee children in Bangladesh, with expertly trained staff and proven programs to respond swiftly and effectively to the country’s frequent emergencies.

  • Protected 134,426 children from harm
  • Supported 336,380 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 904,558 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 322,146 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 44,443 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Bangladesh

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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