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A family stand by their destroyed home following Cyclone Aila in 2009.A family stand by their destroyed home following Cyclone Aila in 2009.

CARE started working in Bangladesh in 1949.

Today CARE focuses on projects to facilitate economic empowerment, with marginalised women, on healthcare and helping reduce the impact of future disasters.

Women and girls

All CARE Bangladesh projects have a strong focus on empowering women.

CARE works to reduce violence against women and support women’s rights, particularly marginalised women such as sex workers and the rural poor.

Economic empowerment

CARE works with businesses, government and community organisations to enable the poorest and most marginalised, especially women, to share in the benefits of economic growth in Bangladesh.

CARE enables poor and marginalised people to find employment or start a small business.


We aim to improve access to quality health services and reduce maternal mortality rates.

We aim to reduce waterbourne diseases by promoting better hygiene practices and safe water supply among one million slum dwellers.

Emergencies and the changing climate

CARE provides immediate emergency supplies and relief whenever a disaster hits. We work with survivors in the long-term to help them rebuild.

CARE also works with communities to reduce the impact of future disasters. We help create flood-reduction systems to protect crops and homes.

CARE trains farmers in innovative farming methods. We work with communities to develop solutions to the causes of long-term food insecurity.


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Where is Bangladesh?

Map showing the location of Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Country facts

Population: 153 million
Life expectancy at birth: 63.1 years
Adult literacy rate: 47.5%
Access to improved water source: 74%
GDP per capita: US$2053
Infant mortality rate: 54 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate: 570 per 100,000 live births
HIV prevalence: <0.1%

Source: UN Human Development Report 2007/2008

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