Bangladesh is one of the world's countries most at risk from disasters, particularly cyclones and floods. With 80 per cent of its 157 million people living in rural areas, the impact of these events can be devastating.
This year, Bangladesh has been in the grip of two serious crises. Up to a third of the country has been affected by the worst floods in decades. Our partner the Bangladesh Red Crescent is helping across the country, providing food and clean drinking water to over 36,000 people.
After a surge of violence in Myanmar, around 500,000 people fled to safety in Bangladesh in just over a month. With support from our Myanmar Appeal, the Red Crescent is providing food, clean water and medical care.
Building people’s ability to cope
The British Red Cross has worked in partnership with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for over a decade. Projects reach around 250,000 people living across the country in coastal, rural and urban areas.
Together we support people to:
- prepare for, deal with and recover from disasters
- get access to clean water and hygienic sanitation, and to understand how this helps stop disease
- gain the skills and funding they need to earn a living.
These linked programmes help people deal with important everyday issues. Starting from this improved base, they can cope better during emergencies.
Communities are at the core of our projects. Most are run through community committees using their local knowledge to organise what needs to be done in their areas. The Red Cross and the government provide technical support as needed.
This approach creates long-term solutions so people can help themselves, their families and their communities during crises and every day.
Find out how we're helping.