Rohingya Emergency
More than 360,000 children who were victims to violence have found refuge in Bangladesh. They are in desperate need of immediate assistance.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh faces many challenges: malnutrition, limited access to medical treatment and sanitation are a reality. Natural disasters regularly strike and the country faces an influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Our teams improve the health of children and their mothers. We strengthen community and government actors to provide access to quality health care. 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 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 and the quality of care for children. Furthermore, we support early married girls through individual care and sensitization of communities on the topic of sexual and reproductive health.

WASH

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 at home. We also train communities in hygienic practices like hand washing 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.

Rohingya crisis

Hundred thousands of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar settle in makeshift camps in Bangladesh. In Cox’s Bazar, the refugee families are in dire need of humanitarian aid. Tdh provides Rohingya mothers and their newborns with lifesaving medical help and tackles malnutrition. We distribute hygiene articles, construct latrines and treat water sources to provide potable drinking water. To have an enhanced response adapted to the needs of Rohingya children, we also support the most vulnerable children with individual psychosocial activities.

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 2016

 

628,439 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

1 / 240

Budget 2017

 

CHF 1,575,460.-

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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.

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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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