Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world, it is also one of the poorest. Despite it being very fertile, it is also prone to cyclones and flooding. 75% of the population live in the countryside but agriculture does not provide enough jobs for all. Poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy are widespread.
Islamic Relief began working in Bangladesh in 1991, helping the victims of a tropical cyclone. Having an established office in Bangladesh has allowed us to respond with speed to numerous emergencies that have taken place there like Cyclone Sidr in 2007. Islamic Relief responded with emergency relief including food, shelter and medical provisions and then subsequently worked on rebuilding houses and communities that were devastated by the cyclone.
Our continual presence in Bangladesh allows us to conduct multiple developmental projects throughout the country, from the slums of Dhaka to more of the rural areas of Sylhet.
As Bangladesh is prone to cyclones, Islamic Relief has pioneered disaster risk reduction activities. Reducing the potential risk to communities from natural disasters. These initiatives have included the development of advanced early warning systems, construction of shelters, building houses on plinths, developing farming methods that do not destroy crops with excessive water as well as a variety of training sessions on First Aid and Rescue.