HI is providing emergency response to supply aid to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar.
Bangladesh is located in South Asia, it is surrounded by the mighty India to the east and west and has a shared border with Myanmar to the south. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is estimated that more than 49.6% of its population lives below the poverty threshold (less than $1.25 a day). Its population density is one of the highest in the world with 1,218 inhabitants/km².
Despite fairly strong growth, significant inequality persists. Economic growth is held back by internal factors (such as corruption), recurrent natural disasters (cyclones and devastating floods) and by monsoons (five months per year). Every year, between 50% and 70% of the land is submerged under water, swallowing harvests, homes and livestock.
Around 30,000 NGOs work in the country in a wide range of fields, including social development, education, rights, microcredit, health and legal issues. Among these NGOs, around 300 work with people with disabilities. Most of these are very small organisations of local people with disabilities, and often have a very limited reach. One of HI's key actions in Bangladesh, therefore, consists of building the capacities of these disabled people’s organisations.