Type of intervention
- Nutrition and Health
- Mental health and Care practices
- Food security and livelihoods
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
- Disaster and climate change risk management
Places of interventions
- Cox’s Bazaar
In 1971, Bangladesh gained independence after a war of independence and since then the country has made considerable progress in several development indices, specifically education and health.
However, poverty and child under-nutrition remain high in Bangladesh. In 2014, the country was ranked #57 in the Global Hunger Index. Chronic under-nutrition affects about 41% of children five years old and younger (2011 Demographic and Health Survey). The Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy continues to meet these challenges by means of the National Food Policy (2006) and Plan of Action (2008-2015).
The high rates of poverty and under-nutrition are exacerbated by frequent national disasters and high population density. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to environmental disasters such as cyclones, tropical storms, flooding, and relative stagnation of water, as well as cold spells. With sea levels on the rise, lower ground is exposed to flooding and salinization. In recent years, significant disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation measures have been taken, resulting in a substantial decline in the number of lives lost each year. However, losses and damage to livelihoods following disasters put the population at high risk of poverty, food insecurity, and a worsening nutritional situation. Improving disaster risk mitigation and initiatives to restore livelihoods, targeting the most vulnerable populations, is still an urgent priority.
Key figures of the country
- Number of beneficiaries: 131 470
- Population: 155 million inhabitants
- Life expectancy: 69/70 years old
- Human Development Indicator: 147/187
- GDP/inhabitant: 1940 US$
Sources : UN, WHO
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In 2014, ACF continued its work to prevent and treat acute malnutrition in the Cox's Bazar region. The activities here are being deployed for Rohingya refugees in both official UNCHR camps (Kutupalong and Nayapara), as well as the non-official camp of Kutupalong Makeshift. Since 2014, ACF has worked with the IOM, mandated by the government to coordinate activities in unofficial camps.
Humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees includes work in nutrition, mental health and care practices (MHCP) and in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). For WASH, in the official camps, ACF developed biogas technology for managing human waste in 2014. Populations living in the villages around the camps are also suffering from high rates of poverty. Thus the ACF's mission has developed community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) activities for these host communities.
In the Satkhira region, ACF has continued deploying the Nutrition/WASH integrated program. In particular, in 2014, ACF handed over community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) to local actors with whom ACF has worked for several years. ACF continues to provide technical support to health authorities in the district, by monitoring and supervising activities.
ACF has responded to several urgent situations in the country. In Satkhira, the organization provided food and WASH assistance to the population affected by water stagnation. In Sirajgonj, after severe flooding at the end of summer, ACF deployed several support projects to the affected populations: food aid, money transfers, and pay for their labor. This latter activity was focused on restoring community infrastructures to reduce the risks of disaster. For most of its money-transfer programs, ACF introduced mobile phone transfer technology.
Its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities continued, with projects aimed at both supporting livelihood resilience and strengthening the disaster-preparedness capabilities of communities and government authorities.
ACF has also launched a new project in partnership with UNICEF to support Cluster Nutrition and Government in improving severe acute malnutrition management capacities in the country's public health institutions.
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