As the full scale of the damage and needs is being assessed, CARE is concerned about a new crisis leaving more women and girls without shelter, privacy, access to medical care, and at high risk of violence.
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:
- Food security
- Health and nutrition
- Agriculture and natural resources
- The climate emergency adaptation
- Women's empowerment and reduction of violence against women
- Disaster risk reduction
- Emergency response
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.