Country Stats

  • Population: 168,641,063
  • Number of extremely poor living in Bangladesh: 20 million
  • Number of people living in poverty: 40 million
  • Percentage of population classified as food insecure: 25%

Concern's Impact

  • Concern's involvement in Bangladesh: since 1972
  • Year Concern became involved the Rohingya refugee crisis: 2017

Across urban and rural Bangladesh, our work over nearly 5 decades has built livelihoods, responded to emergencies, and improved maternal and child health.

Bangladesh remains vulnerable to food shortages with roughly 25% of the population classed as “food insecure.” The country has comparably high levels of malnutrition and underperforms on a range of inequality indicators, including major gender inequality issues. These issues include education, jobs, sexual and reproductive health, child marriages, partner violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.

Since 2017, Bangladesh has also been host to approximately 855,000 Rohingya who fled violence and are now living in the world’s largest refugee camp.

I never imagined I could stand back up — I was traumatized from the death of my family. I feel much better now. I like working with the children.

Amir (name changed), Rohingya refugee and nutrition volunteer in Cox's Bazar

Latest Achievements

Emergency Response

As part of Concern’s emergency response to the Rohingya crisis, lifesaving and preventative nutrition services are being delivered by our emergency nutrition team to 6 camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Urban Development

Concern has established itself as a leading actor in Bangladeshi urban development, working to call policymaker attention to both the lack of government-funded provisions and national budget allocations for social safety nets in urban areas.

Health & Nutrition

Concern has begun a program called Essential Healthcare for the Disadvantaged. The aim is to increase access to essential health services for 2 million people — including an estimated 138,000 persons with disabilities — living in hazard-prone coastal areas of Bangladesh.

Zafar serves food from the food cart he was given by Concern in Nari Moitree, Paltan, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Keith West, checking a young Bangladeshi for signs of malnutrition at a Concern clinic in the 1970s.
Girl in school40-year-old woman receives a dignity kit from Concern.
An OTP/TSFP Counsellor giving one to one orientation to a Programme ParticipantAengus with a Bengali family in Saidpur, Bangladesh, 1997.

Our Work in Bangladesh

Having been in Bangladesh for nearly 50 years, we have established programs to build livelihoods, respond to emergencies (including climate change-related disasters), and improve health and nutrition. Since 2017, we have also been responding to the current Rohingya refugee crisis, working with both refugees and host communities.

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