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Bangladesh

Bangladesh hosts over 871,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in the Cox’s Bazar district. Children are at risk of violence, exploitation and child marriage. Malnutrition and limited access to medical treatment and hygiene are a reality. Our team works with the refugee and the Bangladeshi communities to improve the health of children and their mothers, prevent child labour and provide emergency aid.

What we do

Mother and child health

Tdh’s work increases access to essential and quality health and nutrition services by improving existing structures and by managing our own primary healthcare centre in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. Through trainings and capacity building, we strengthen midwives and health workers to improve the quality of care. Our teams organise awareness campaigns, seminars and discussion groups to share essential health messages with the communities, including on child vaccination, pre- and post-natal consultations and child nutrition.

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 is working to address 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

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Bangladesh

Beneficiaries in 2020

 

80,952 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

10 / 314

Budget 2020

 

CHF 3,721,898.-

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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.
2019
Set-up of a regional project focusing on tackling the worst form of child labour.
2020
COVID-19 emergency response implemented.

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Related publications

Annual Report 2020
Tdh Magazine 35 - Bangladesh
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Infopage WASH_EN
Courage n°69: Dossier Covid-19

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