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Help Save Children in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. Roughly the size of Florida, it is home to over 160 million people, compared to Florida’s 21 million.

Formerly East Pakistan, Bangladesh was formed in 1971 as a result of civil war, and it continues to experience political volatility, among other challenges. Despite progress, millions still live in poverty, climate change-related disasters pose a grave threat, and child mortality, malnutrition and marriage rates are among the world’s highest. Bangladesh’s children deserve better.

Bangladesh also hosts the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children and families have fled to escape violence in Myanmar

Challenges for Children in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing child mortality in recent decades. Yet 1 child in every 33 still dies from a preventable or treatable cause – half of these are newborns. The children of Bangladesh also face malnutrition, child marriage, lack of education and more, risking their very lives and futures. 

  • 1 child in 33 dies before their 5th birthday – 4 times that of the U.S.
  • 32% of girls ages 15-19 are married, and 1 in 12 gives birth
  • 30% of girls age 15+ struggle to read and write
  • 28% of children suffer from stunting due to severe malnutrition
  • 28% of children are out of school
  • 24% of people live in poverty
Map of Bangladesh by Save the Children

Our Results for Children in Bangladesh

Your support shows that lasting, large-scale change is possible. Last year, we changed the lives of over 2,623,000 children in Bangladesh. Together, we’re giving them the opportunities every child deserves – to grow up healthy, learning and safe. 
 
Little Hasabullah with a slight smile on his face is held by his mother in Bangladesh.

You’re helping save little ones like Hasabullah, who we recently treated for life-threatening pneumonia.

  • 2,050,000 children healthy and nourished
  • 286,000 children educated and empowered
  • 306,000 children protected from harm
  • 277,000 children lifted from poverty
  • 274,000 children aided in crisis

Our Work for Children in Bangladesh

Save the Children has been working with children, families, communities and government ministries in Bangladesh since 1970, including through sponsorship since 1972.

One of the largest child charities in Bangladesh, with a sizable in-country staff and hundreds of partners, we offer a wide range of programs, including those promoting children’s basic rights to good health, education and a life free from violence. With expertly trained staff, prepositioned supplies and proven programs, we stand ready to respond swiftly and effectively to the country’s frequent emergencies.

We’re also leading the massive humanitarian effort for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing physical and mental health care, education, protection and so much more.

Here are some recent examples of our work:

A healthy start in life

  • Save the Children has long led the global newborn survival movement, helping achieve a 59% reduction in child mortality around the world since 2000
  • Through our Saving Newborn Lives program, we’re saving babies born too soon or too small across Bangladesh, including through national advocacy and innovative programs like Kangaroo Mother Care
  • We led the advocacy and development of a country-wide community health worker strategy
  • We lead the coalition that helped provide 48 million pneumonia vaccinations since 2015
  • Through our Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition approach, we’re making significant improvements in mother and child health, resulting in a 7% reduction in stunting
  • We successfully advocated for a public health budget increase of 18%, with 39% designated for children

The opportunity to learn

  • Save the Children is committed to ensuring every child learns, educating more children in the last decade than any other charity (2020)
  • In Bangladesh, we’re providing preschool access and parenting training for garment factory workers and their children
  • Building on 12 years of innovative success, we support children living in remote, rural areas through non-formal education, with increased efficiency and quality
  • In our sponsorship communities, we’re training fathers on the importance of early learning, resulting in significant changes in attitudes and time spent with their children
  • We led the Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) project that reached over half a million learners
  • Through our Literacy and Numeracy Boost approaches, we’re achieving a 12% improvement in reading comprehension and a 15% improvement in math skills among deprived children, especially those living in poverty and girls (based on 2014-2016 research)
  • Where we have sponsorship programs, 100% of schools now have access to sanitary latrines, 50% more children participate in early learning, and 98% of parents are aware of the importance of education
  • Save the Children is a global leader in expanding economic prospects for vulnerable youth, including transitioning from school to work and improving work opportunities.
  • Through our Skills to Succeed program, we’re helping at-risk Bangladeshi youth gain the skills and access the opportunities to secure a job or build a business, with recommendations based on our recent gender analysis
  • Through our Education for Youth Empowerment (EYE) program, we’ve helped over 100,000 working children and vulnerable youth, including providing basic education, as well as vocational and life skills training

Protection from harm

  • Save the Children in Bangladesh is focusing on non-violent discipline and child-friendly environments, particularly in schools, including advocating for new laws, training teachers and parents, and encouraging “little doctors” to protect themselves
  • 93% of our sponsorship-supported schools require non-violent discipline, an increase of 35%
  • We’re actively advocating to end child marriage under any circumstances

Innovation

  • Through our innovative Kolorob app, Save the Children is helping vulnerable children and families in the poorest, urban areas of Bangladesh access vital health, education and protection services

Emergency response

  • Save the Children is the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response
  • In Bangladesh, our humanitarian relief experts responded during the devastating 2017 and 2018 monsoon floods, addressing urgent needs and restoring essentials, such as clean water, access to education and families’ livelihoods, reaching tens of thousands of people
  • We continue to help vulnerable communities improve their capacity to cope with crisis

How You Can Help Children in Bangladesh

You can create change that lasts a lifetime for children in Bangladesh – in so many ways. 
 

Donate
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Bangladesh and around the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Sponsor a Bangladeshi Child
Be the hero in the life of a child from Bangladesh. Sponsorship drives lasting change in children’s lives, families and communities.

Shop Gift Catalog
Give a meaningful gift that will help transform children’s lives and futures in Bangladesh and beyond. There’s something for everyone!

Sources: Facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts, as well as our thought leadership publications, including our Global Childhood Report 2020 and A Catalog of Common Approaches 2020. Other sources include CIA World Factbook.

*Photo credits: GMB Akash / Panos Pictures / Save the Children / 2017.

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