Bangladesh

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What is the situation in

Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made substantial progress in reducing poverty, supported by sustained economic growth over the past three decades. Despite the impressive progress in many socio-economic parameters, poverty, hunger, and inequality remain major challenges in Bangladesh. Almost one out of four Bangladeshi’s still live-in poverty and one in eight of the population live in extreme poverty [1]. Recent pandemic has intensified the situation by declining exports, lowering investment, and increasing unemployment.

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Moreover, the country has considerable hidden urbanization that is not captured on official definitions and statistics. An undercounted rural-but-urbanizing dense population is vulnerable to the significant risk of epidemic outbreaks due poor WASH coverage and community awareness.Although Bangladesh has made significant progress in improving the access to clean water sources in the last two decades, access to safe drinking water is still low at 34.6 percent .
More than 900,000 Rohingya refugees are in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh’s southern tip– adding to an already displaced population to make it the largest refugee camp in the world. Being an overpopulated country, Bangladesh is unable to provide the necessary humanitarian needs of the Rohingya population with its limited resources.

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Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare

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Recent pandemic has intensified the situation by declining exports, lowering investment, and increasing unemployment.
Moreover, the country has considerable hidden urbanization

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that is not captured on official definitions and statistics. An undercounted rural-but-urbanizing dense population is vulnerable to the significant risk of epidemic outbreaks due poor WASH coverage and community awareness.Although Bangladesh has made significant progress in improving the access to clean water sources in the last two decades, access to safe drinking water is still low at 34.6 percent

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Due to the unavailability of safe drinking water, 38.3 percent of the population are forced to drink water from sources already contaminated with disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Barriers to safe drinking water, alongside sanitation, have a significant negative impact on health and nutrition for children and adolescents in Bangladesh.

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UMR Bangladesh envisions future refugees and native communities in Bangladesh are able to live with dignity and to be resilient/self-reliant through three country-specific priorities

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