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CARE started work in: 1949

Bangladesh ranks 133 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International started its operations in Bangladesh in 1949, and today is one of our largest country offices. We also work in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp.

History of CARE International in Bangladesh

CARE International started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949 and today is one of our largest country offices. 

Since Bangladesh gained independence in 1971, CARE International's programming has focused on: 

What CARE International does in Bangladesh

CARE International works in Cox's Bazar, the world's largest refugee camp, which hosts hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingyas who fled from Myanmar. In addition to Cox's Bazar, CARE International works across other refugee camps to provide shelter, water and sanitation, cash vouchers, and sexual and reproductive health services. 

Since 2020, CARE Bangladesh has been responding to COVID-19. Response efforts include helping to improve vaccination rates by speaking with communities and individuals to increase vaccine acceptance, and helping people who do not have access to smart phones or technology with registering and attending vaccine appointments. CARE International also trains volunteers to support vaccine registration and community awareness.

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2021
  • Direct 7,547,961
  • Women & girls 56%
  • Indirect 32,080,676
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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Fact Sheet: Myanmar Refugee Crisis

Since 25 August 2017, around 706,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh. Over 900,000 refuges are now living in Cox’s Bazar (ISCG Report, 19 July 2018), including those who arrived before the exodus.