Bangladesh Humanitarian Emergency

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

Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to natural disasters including floods and cyclones, affecting millions of lives and livelihoods each year. In addition, the country hosts one of the largest refugee populations, with more than 900,000 Rohingya people living in camps and shelters in Cox's Bazar. Many of these shelters and camps are extremely congested and located in dangerous flood and landslide-prone areas. Access to essential services, including hygiene and health care, are major challenges. There is a high risk of disease and death, particularly for pregnant and lactating women and newborns. All women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence. While Rohingya people have faced decades of discrimination, statelessness, and persecution in Rakhine State in Myanmar, and have been fleeing to Bangladesh for many years, the largest and fastest influx occurred in August 2017. Rohingya women, girls, boys and men continue to seek safety and assistance in Bangladesh. Both Rohingya refugees and the host community require humanitarian assistance. UNFPA supports health facilities and workers with the provision of emergency obstetric and neonatal care and addresses gender-based violence through safe spaces where women and girls can find services, information and psychosocial support.

Country Population: 161.0 mil

Humanitarian needs

1.98 million
Last updated on - 14 July 2020
Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2019

  • People Reached
    Total women reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape
  • Capacity strengthening
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Has established a functional system for safe and ethical gender-based incident data management

Emergencies related listing

  • 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.

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