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Bangladesh

Bangladesh faces many challenges: malnutrition, limited access to medical treatment and sanitation are a reality. Natural disasters regularly strike the country. Our teams improve the health of children and their mothers. We strengthen community and government actors to provide access to quality healthcare. We also train people to be better prepared for natural disasters. In the makeshift camps, Rohingya refugees are supported with emergency aid.

What we do

Mother and child health

Tdh fights malnutrition in collaboration with local actors by improving existing facilities and ensuring the quality of maternal and child healthcare in selected areas. Our teams organise awareness campaigns, seminars, discussion groups and cooking demonstrations to fight malnutrition. We help increase food production with projects such as elevated gardens, which are less prone to flooding. Furthermore, we support early married girls through individual care and sensitisation of communities on the topic of sexual and reproductive health, education and reduced gender based violence.

WASH

Frequent flooding and poor WASH practices increase the chances of disease spreading and children are particularly at risk. Our teams work with local communities and organisations to implement sanitation systems and to improve access to drinking water and hygienic toilets not only in households, but also in schools and healthcare facilities. We train communities and sensitise policy makers about the importance of hygienic practices like hand washing to prevent the spread of disease and of scaling up WASH services in facilities through a national strategy and standards.

Natural disasters

We help the local population to better respond to yearly recurring floods in the monsoon season that cause damage to property, losses of lives due to lack of food and livelihood opportunities. Our teams work with local authorities and community members in disaster risk reduction by drawing up emergency plans and increase reserves of basic necessities. In the event of an emergency, we are immediately able to distribute hygiene kits and provide financial aid to those who have lost their belongings and their crops.

Rohingya crisis

More than 600,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar since August 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh. In Cox's Bazar, the needs of the refugee families are enormous. Tdh provides services of primary health care for the most vulnerable people and fights against malnutrition. We distribute hygiene supplies, construct latrines and wells, and treat the water to make it drinkable. In order to give a comprehensive response to the needs of the Rohingya children, we aid the most vulnerable with psychosocial support and individual help.

Nazma lives in a small village near Kurigram, in a very underdeveloped region of Bangladesh. Thanks to her vegetable garden and her active involvement in the Tdh programme, Nazma's third child was born healthy.

Nazma, the mother of three children

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Bangladesh

Beneficiaries in 2017

 

585,778 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

18 / 450

Budget 2018

 

CHF 4,190,317.-

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Timeline

1974
Terre des hommes begins working in Bangladesh.
1984
Launch of the schooling and professional training programmes for orphans, abandoned children and children from poor backgrounds.
2000
Opening of a hospital for children suffering from severe malnutrition.
2014
Development of a partnership with the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh.
2017
Start of an emergency intervention in Cox’s Bazar for the Rohingya refugees in makeshift camps.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine 35 - Bangladesh
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health

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