Terre des hommes (Tdh) supports Rohingya refugees living in camps in the Cox’s Bazar district by working with children who are at risk of violence, exploitation and child marriage. In the rest of the country, our team works to improve the health and protection of children and their families, prevent child labour and climate induced migration of young people. Where necessary, we provide emergency aid.

What we do

Mother and child health

We provide access to quality healthcare services and facilities by operating two 24/7 healthcare centres, including maternal and child health, for both Bangladeshi and refugee communities. We also strengthen existing systems and increase the skills of healthcare workers.

Child Protection

Tdh provides psychosocial support to the most vulnerable children in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, whilst improving the capacity of communities to identify and respond to child protection risks. In the slums of Dhaka, we target key drivers of modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour. Early married girls are also supported to realise their potential and improve their access to education and livelihood opportunities; as well as to claim and access their rights, including for sexual and reproductive health.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Frequent flooding and poor hygiene practices increase the spread of diseases. We enhance access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. In camp settings, this is achieved through the distribution of hygiene supplies, construction of latrines, treatment of water to make it drinkable and provision of desludging services. Additionally, outreach teams disseminate messages to both refugee and Bangladeshi communities to improve their knowledge of hygiene practices.

Humanitarian aid

The Rohingya refugee crisis has put strain on local Bangladeshi communities since 2017 that already suffered from poor living conditions and limited access to services and livelihood opportunities. Consequently, tensions between the two communities have begun to appear. Tdh addresses the drivers of the issue by supporting local communities to improve youth participation in decision making, to increase the resilience of vulnerable and marginalised groups and their access to livelihood opportunities.

Yasmina suffers from malnutrition. She has been taken into care in a Tdh nutrition centre. Thanks to this, she was able to eat again.

Yasmina, young Rohingya refugee child


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Bangladesh

Beneficiaries in 2021


56,848 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


7 / 397

Budget 2021


CHF 5,991,908.-

Supported by


Terre des hommes begins working in Bangladesh.
Launch of the schooling and professional training programmes for orphans, abandoned children and children from poor backgrounds.
Opening of a hospital for children suffering from severe malnutrition.
Development of a partnership with the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh.
Start of an emergency intervention in Cox’s Bazar for the Rohingya refugees in makeshift camps.
Set-up of a regional project focusing on tackling the worst form of child labour.
COVID-19 emergency response implemented.

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Annual report 2021
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
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