Bangladesh Humanitarian Emergency

A mother and her young child.
Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA

Bangladesh is one of the most at-risk countries in the world due to its vulnerability to natural disasters, including floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes. As well as these geo-climatic hazards, almost 75 per cent of the population lives in rural areas, where poverty and isolation make it difficult for people to seek medical attention from skilled health personnel. Strict societal norms dictating male-female interaction further restrict medical access in a country where many rural doctors are male. Additionally, Bangladesh hosts a large population of Rohingya fleeing from ethnic violence in Myanmar. UNFPA and partners work to provide sexual and reproductive health services and support mechanisms to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Country Population: 161.0 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

6.00 million
1.50 million
Last updated on - 01 January 2017
Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2016

  • Services delivered
    Total people reached with sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services in humanitarian settings
    Number of facilities supported that provide emergency obstetric care
    Number of safe spaces
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Health personnel trained on Reproductive Health Kits

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.