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Bangladesh

Bangladesh faces many challenges: malnutrition, limited access to medical treatment and hygiene 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 support children to avoid hazardous exploitative labour. 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. We strengthen the capacity of midwifes and health workers to make sustainable improvements to the quality of care provided at birth. We also improve linkages between the health services providers and the community members to increase pre and post-natal consultations and help increase food production with projects such as elevated gardens, which are less prone to flooding.

Child Protection

Tdh works with Early Married Girls to realise their potential and claims their rights. We support them through improved access to sexual and reproductive health & rights, nutrition, basic and vocational education, and livelihood opportunities. We sensitize and advocate communities on the topic of sexual and reproductive health, education and reduced gender-based violence. Tdh is also tackling key drivers of modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour in Dhaka slums. As part of a consortium, we are implementing in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal a 4-year research that aims to develop, with stakeholders, innovative and context-appropriate ways for children to avoid engagement in exploitative labour.

WASH

Frequent flooding and poor hygiene practices increase the chances of disease spreading. Our teams work with communities and organisations to implement sanitation systems and improve access to drinking water and toilets in households, schools and healthcare facilities. We train communities and sensitise policy makers about the importance of hygienic practices to prevent the spread of disease and of scaling up services through a national strategy. We also help the local population to better respond to recurring floods in the monsoon season by implementing disaster risk reduction.

Rohingya emergency

More than 745,000 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.

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 2018

 

600,746 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

23 / 497

Budget 2019

 

CHF 7,288,109.-

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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.
2018
Set-up of a regional project focusing on tackling the worst form of child labour.

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Related publications

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

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