Bangladesh

Our teams in Bangladesh are working to improve the health of children under the age of five and of their mothers. Terre des hommes also trains local communities so that they are better prepared for natural disasters.

The situation in Bangladesh

In order to improve the lives of millions of children and their mothers, Tdh faces a number of challenges: malnutrition, poor access to medical treatment, sanitation and hygiene, and premature marriage. To make matters worse, a series of natural disasters regularly strike the area where living conditions are already extremely difficult.

What we do

Mother and child health

Tdh fights malnutrition by organising awareness campaigns, seminars, discussion groups and cooking demonstrations. One example of how we help to increase food production is the creation of elevated gardens, which are less prone to flooding. Our experts work with the local authorities and medical staff to improve existing facilities. We provide support in the areas of occupational training, improving infrastructures and providing care for children. In 2015, Tdh provided healthcare to more than 50,000 children and their mothers. Furthermore, we support early married girls through individual care and sensitization of communities on the topic of sexual and reproductive health.

Water and hygiene

Frequent flooding increases the chances of disease spreading and children are particularly at risk. Our teams work with local communities to implement sanitation systems and to improve access to drinking water and hygienic toilet facilities. We also train communities in hygienic practices to prevent the spread of disease.

Natural disasters

We help the local population to better respond to recurring floods. Our teams work with local authorities and members of the community to draw 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. Tdh provided emergency aid to almost 10,000 families in 2015.

Nazma lives in a small village near Kurigram, in a very underdeveloped region of Bangladesh. She and her husband, a casual worker, are members of the "poorest of the poor".

Nazma, the mother of three children

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Bangladesh

Beneficiaries in 2015

462,537 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

3 / 272

Budget 2016

CHF 1,444,071.-

Where we work

Kurigram and Barguna districts

Local partners

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Other partners

Tdh Italy

Supported by

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.

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Related publications

Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Tdh Magazine 35 - Bangladesh
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health

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