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Bangladesh is a tropical country dominated by rich, fertile flat land – but its impressive ecosystem is also vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters, especially as climate change intensifies. Severe flooding, landslides and earthquakes have plagued the country and damaged attempts to address social problems and improve infrastructure.

The city of Cox’s Bazar is home to over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar. This has placed additional strain on a country already in a constant battle against poverty, pushing local resources to breaking point. 

  • Poverty rate of 31.5% - 63 million people live below the poverty line
  • High levels of gender inequality, urban poverty and overcrowding
  • High rates of infant and maternal mortality

How we are helping in Bangladesh

Our Muslim Aid Bangladesh country office was set up in 1991 following the devastating cyclones that hit the country in that year, leaving 10,000 dead and causing extensive damage to livelihoods and homes.

We now work in 63 districts across the country with over 1,200 staff to work with communities to build the future.

Relieving the pressure on Bangladesh’s local resources is priority for improving the lives of all residents. 


Muslim Aid provided emergency aid to more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees in 2018 by delivering:

  • Water supply to quench thirst, sustain life and resources
  • Hygiene promotion to protect health
  • Shelter support to protect vulnerable people from flooding, extreme weather and landslides

Since January 2018, Muslim Aid has given sustainable development support to over 26,000 Bangladeshi people, including: 

  • Cash grants towards reconstructing homes destroyed in the floods
  • Livelihood support to fund independent income
  • Community water points to provide clean water to whole communities
  • Hygiene kits and training to raise awareness of the dangers of dirty water
  • Flood preparation training to mitigate the damage and loss in future disasters
  • Maternal and paediatric care to sustain healthy pregnancies, births and support and nourish young families

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