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Inspiring children: A story of two Rohingya teachers
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Fates of adolescent mothers hang by a thread in rural Bangladesh
Jamalpur, Bangladesh, 01 April 2018 – Seventeen-year-old Mosammat Kakoli Yasmin lives in a little village an hour away from the city centre of Jamalpur, a district in northern Bangladesh. Out of the reach of community health workers, she is five months...

When going to the bathroom takes courage
For Rohingya girls and women who have fled rape and sexual assault in Myanmar, a refugee camp in Bangladesh is meant to be a safe haven. But daily life and the need for basic necessities, like using a toilet, is not always easy.

What about the Rohingya children?
Repatriation is not just for the adults; the children will have to live with it as well. So, how do they feel about going back to Myanmar?

Child marriage: resistance and societal stand
Story of a fighter“I successfully stopped my early marriage” uttered a confident and vibrant Nilima Kor Nishi, a sixteen years old girl from Agaljhora village of Barisal. Her family decided to marry her off after her HSC exams, but suddenly her uncle...

Respiratory illness peaking among children due to cold
Children and elderly people are bearing the biggest physical brunt of the cold wave that has been sweeping across the country for more than two weeks. Although both the intensity of the chill and the incidence of illnesses are comparatively much higher...

When Your Kids Don’t Listen
Little Ibrahim is an only child. Even though he is only three and a half years old, he has already learned how to read and write the alphabet in English and Bangla! Day by day, he is growing up to be a strong, smart young boy whose quick wit never fails..

Our Year 2017
As another year approaches, let’s look back at some of our major moments from 2017

“Everybody said she wouldn’t survive”
Afiya is nine months old and the most rambunctious of the preemie kids back for their monthly checkups at the Institute of Child and Mother Health in Dhaka. Bouncing about on her mother’s lap, you couldn’t tell that she’s been in and out of hospital...

Improving chlorhexidine application on newborns in Bangladesh
Although chlorhexidine is recommended to all newborns after birth, a baseline assessment conducted in November 2016 found that only 36 percent of newborns received chlorhexidine.

Improving temperature monitoring for low birth weight infants in Bangladesh
One of the leading causes of new-born death in Bangladesh is low birth weight (LBW). LBW babies are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia. It is therefore critical to monitor the temperature of these infants and to provide thermal protective strategies.

River erosion: A sordid tale of displacement and migration
Dhaka, 06 February 2017: The constant fear of losing her homestead to the mighty Meghna river has haunted her throughout childhood.

Working children and school dropouts get a chance of education
Satkhira, 02 January, 2017: It was the middle of the month of Ramadan when everybody eagerly waited for Eid, the main religious festival for the Muslims. During this festival new clothes, special prayers and salivating food come up at the top of family...

Success story of a rural school
“The school looks very beautiful now. It’s not what it was 10 years back. We now see many students regularly attending school. They study, play, sing, and do many other extracurricular activities,” says Shafia Khatun, guardian of Shahana, a student of ...

Boosting quality and equity in primary education
A class two student Saikat Hossain Adib radiates happiness as he can now complete all his lessons in the classroom without carrying them home. His learning ability has improved and this is reflected in his study results, which make his parents very ...

Child participation, Active Learning, and Continuous Assessment
When Shushmita Rani entered class two earlier this year, she could list all of the 51 letters that make up the Bangla alphabet, but could not recognize them individually when her teacher pointed them out to her.

Teenage girls make sanitary napkins, change social norms
Khulna, 11 October, 2016: It is kind of a rebirth for 17-year old Rijeya Khatun who can now earn and continue her education thanks to an initiative of making sanitary napkins by the teenaged girls.

Rising against all odds
Barisal, 04 September, 2016: When Sonia Akhter was in Grade-III, being at the top of her class was her only dream. The girl from Rasulpur village of Barisal was on the road to her dream, studying hard amid her family’s hardships.

Child Help Line offers protection against cyber crime
Dhaka, 07 June 2016 - Incidents of cyber offense have increased in Bangladesh in recent times. A particular example involves the attempt by an individual to blackmail and thereby socially embarrass a 14-year- old girl when she rejected his advances.

Shakibul gets a second chance in life
Dhaka, 26 May 2016: After spending over three years helping his mother with her small vegetable shop in Dhaka’s Korail slum, Shakibul Islam, 10, forgot almost everything that he learnt during his one year of schooling in a rural village.

A step towards widening nutrition security
Dhaka, 16 May 2016: “Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation.” Napoleon Bonaparte’s saying stands true even today, especially in the context of Bangladesh and most importantly as far as nutrition...

Under-19 cricketers infuse dream into disadvantaged children
Dhaka, 07 April, 2016: Md Mamun Bokaul is a 16-year-old adolescent who lives in a shelter home of Aporajeyo Bangladesh, an NGO working for disadvantaged children, in Lalbagh since 2009.

2012 World Water Day – why good quality water still matters to Bangladesh
Bangladesh, 22 March 2012: Bangladesh has no shortage of water, but it faces the age-old dilemmas of balancing too much and too little water, flood and drought.

A day in the lives of two homeless brothers in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 12 March 2009 – The sun had not yet risen when the two boys woke up. By 4 a.m., the port on the River Buriganga here in the capital of Bangladesh was alive and bustling.

Adolescent clubs give unbridled support
2 March, 2011, Narsingdi, Bangladesh: Playing a board game with a group of friends, Shahida Ahkter looks like any other teenage girl. She spends most of her time at her local high school in the eastern Bangladeshi Upazilla of Shirpur in Narsingdi and ...

Adolescent Cyclone Survivor Turns into Social Change Agent
Dacope, Khulna, 28 August, 2013: Deepti Mondol (real name not revealed to protect privacy) has led anything but a sheltered life. At the age of 12, Deepti spent the better part of several hours perched precariously on a tree branch while the rain...

Adolescents helping change negative social norms
Cox’s Bazar, 14 March 2013: Parveen Akhter, an independent 17-year-old, is extremely bright and speaks up against injustice wherever she sees it. But she wasn’t always this way. She used to be a shy, traditional girl who accepted the way things were.

Adolescents learn to advance HIV awareness messages
Maona, 4 April 2014: Entire Bangladesh is now under the magical spell of cricket as the country hosts the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

Adolescents shine at publication launch
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 03 March 2011: As he makes his way to the podium Badhan Ahmed is full of confidence. Standing before key government representatives, journalists, and stakeholders the 15-year-old begins talking about what it means to be a young person..

Adolescents weigh in on maternal and neonatal health
ISLAMPUR, Bangladesh, July 2010: A UNICEF-supported high school debating programme is helping adolescents raise awareness about the importance of maternal and neonatal health in Bangladesh.

After the storm, Bangladesh cyclone survivors struggle through trying times
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 6 December 2007 – It was close to noon in Khuriakhali Bazaar, a market in the Sharankhola sub-district of Bagerhat, when the UNICEF team arrived after a long walk.

Afroza’s story: refusing marriage, choosing education
NATORE, Bangladesh, January 2010: In Bangladesh, where a third of girls are married before age 15, adolescents coming together to protect themselves from early marriage are finding support in their local communities.

A Home Away From Home
Dhaka, 13 May 2013: The bantering, cries and laughter of children at the Day Care Centre in the Mirpur area of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka are not much different from any other child care facility found throughout the world.

A lifeline for children at risk
Dhaka, October 15, 2012: Late in the afternoon Projesh walked the narrow lanes of Gazipur Bazar with his school bag as his only possession and randomly boarded a bus that took him to Sadarghat launch terminal, a place that is some 60 kilometres away...

A life lived in ‘exit mode’ – floods continue to bring destruction
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 21 September 2007 – Even as they are beginning to piece their lives back together, residents of Bangladesh are bracing themselves for a second round of flooding in as many months

A school of fear turns into a school of attraction
Barguna, 16 November 2014: Everybody stoop up in pin drop silence as head teacher Siddiqur Rahman entered the classroom. Asking the students to sit down, he said he would do something different, instead of discussing the day’s lesson.

A rewarding journey from street to school
Khulna, 24 July, 2013: The impact of their father’s death was profound. As little girls it meant that Chadni and Moyna passed many days and nights feeling destitute, hungry and dispirited.

'A silent emergency' as Bangladesh's poor suffer from economic downturn
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 8 April 2009 – There's a sense of urgency as health workers wind their way along tiny rickety alleys, past the washing, cooking and cleaning in Kachukhet Bazaar, one of Dhaka's sprawling slums.

Awarding excellence in reporting on children
Dhaka, 20 October, 2011: Forhad Bin Sadek Chowdhury who works at the Bangladesh Betar in Chittagong, decided one day to make a radio documentary on the plight of young women being forced into early marriages in the country. By the time he was done, Forhad

A young Bangladeshi mother and her child survive a trafficking nightmare
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 8 January 2009 – Maleka’s intention was to provide a better life in India for her two-year-old daughter, Rasheda. At the time, she was just 16, and her job in a garment factory in Chittagong was difficult and paid very little.

Bangladesh and Bermuda cricketers stamp out HIV/AIDS stigma
ARANGUEZ, Trinidad, 23 March 2007 – ICC World Cup 2007 cricketers from Bangladesh and Bermuda teamed up with children and young people in Trinidad on Thursday to help break the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Bangladeshi adolescents pad up to take on HIV and AIDS
22 February, 2011, Chittagong, Bangladesh: As Bangladesh gears up for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the country’s young people are gearing up for a challenge of a different kind. Across Bangladesh, adolescents are using the World Cup spotlight to draw ...

Bangladeshi cricket icons express solidarity with HIV infected persons
Dhaka, April 7, 2011: It was day to remember and cherish for some 30 members of a PLHIV (persons living with HIV) network in Dhaka as they got a rare opportunity to meet some of their favourite national cricket idols

Bangladesh launches mass immunization campaign after polio re-emerges
CHANDPUR, Bangladesh, 13 April 2006 – After a five-year absence, polio has re-emerged in Bangladesh, sending a fresh alert and boosting eradication efforts across the country.

Bangladesh prepares to conduct the world’s largest-ever measles immunization campaign
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 February 2006: The government – with support from UNICEF, WHO & other partners – is preparing supplies, health workers, volunteers and the public for the start of this unprecedented three-week campaign, which begins on 25 February.

Bangladesh puts the spotlight on children during Child Rights Week
Dhaka, October 10, 2009: Bangladesh's Child Rights week programme was jam-packed with activities for children, media and policy makers.

Bangladesh: Stopping polio a routine achievement
Dhaka, 27 March 2014 - While the world applauded when India stopped transmission of polio in 2011, little fanfare was given to Bangladesh, its Eastern neighbor, when it quietly achieved the feat at the turn of the century, some 14 years ago.

Bangladesh television stations tune into kids
What do Bangladeshi children think about their country? What are they worried about? What are their hopes for the future? Bangladesh tuned into kids to find out on 1 March 2009.

Bangladeshi teenagers discuss climate change in Copenhagen
Dhaka, 26th November 2009. Four Bangladeshi teenagers are now in Copenhagen to share their perspectives on climate change with 160 other young people from more than 40 countries.

Bangladesh Urban Forum 2011
Dhaka, 13 December 2011 - The consensus is that Bangladesh’s urban population will reach a staggering 50 million in 2015, and by that time Dhaka is set to become the fourth largest city in the world, just behind Tokyo, Mumbai and Lagos.

Ban Soon-taek visits a UNICEF-supported school for working children in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 November 2008 – Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, recently visited a UNICEF-supported learning centre for working children in Bangladesh.

Battling iron deficiency anemia in rural Bangladesh
Comilla, Bangladesh, 17 July 2014: : It is a usual day in Burichong Upazila (sub-district) of Moynamoti Union under Comilla district. The early sultry summer weather means profuse sweating and a rush to the ponds by children...

Better equipped hospitals offer women, children better chances of survival
DERAI, Bangladesh 19 June 2012: One-and-a-half-month-old Kadirul Islam was lucky enough to get to the hospital after he developed difficult breathing, it was not too late.

Bird flu: Quick reporting and mass awareness needed
22 March 2009, Chittagong: Lockman lost all his 1,165 chickens to Bird Flu. Many farmers still do not report abnormal bird deaths. Lack of awareness on Avian Influenza leads to unsafe practices.

Birth Registration Day helps ensure basic human rights in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 9 July 2007 – Last week the Government of Bangladesh officially observed national Birth Registration Day in order to highlight the importance of birth certificates for adults and children alike.

Blooming in a confined yet carefree setting
Dhaka, 17 February 2013: At exactly 7 a.m., just as the bell rings, 4-year-old Shanto begins his morning at the day care centre. He is given a glass of warm milk and then exercises a little before singing the national anthem...

Boosting basic competencies of students
Mymensingh, 22 January 2014: Making education equitable for a classroom filled with over 20 children can already be a challenge when taking all learning needs of the pupils into consideration, but imagine having a classroom of over 100 students?

Bringing good hygiene to rural Bangladesh through ‘Para Centres’
BARAICHARI, Bangladesh, 22 January 2008 – In a classroom made of tin in the Baraichari Village preschool, five-year-old Umenu Marma and her friend clap each other’s hands and sing along to the beat.

Campaign for newborn birth registration on as challenge remains
Sunamganj, Bangladesh, 30 April 2014: Housewife Sharifa Akter, 21, knew about the importance of birth registration within 45 days of her child’s birth thanks to a UNICEF-supported programme in her Khalpar village in the northeastern district of Sunamganj.

Can you do something, Minister”? children appeal at a roundtable discussion
Dhaka, May 23, 2012: Few seconds’ silence seemed to be pretty long when 10-year-old Ruma said, “As my mother can’t bear my educational expenses, I collect waste papers from the garbage heap in a sack.

Caring community sparks hope for expecting mothers and newborns
Majidpur, Sunamgonj, Bangladesh, 11 June 2012: Thirty-one-year-old Lipi Bardhon explainselegantly how the once-reluctant people in her neighborhood are increasingly becoming caring about women, especially towardspregnant women.

Cash injects hope into slums
Dhaka, 23 February 2012: Sumona lives in one of the slums on Bangshal Road in Old Dhaka with her twelve-year old daughter, and one-year old son. Their house is a makeshift, windowless shack made of corrugated iron

Catering to all children’s learning needs
Gazipur, 29 December 2015: Mohammad Nirob, the eight-year-old Grade 2 student of Shifoltoli Government Primary School in Kaliakoir, Gazipur is clapping his hands and reciting the seven times tables with the entire class.

Changing children’s lives, one story at a time
The Meena Media Awards were recently celebrated in Dhaka, to recognise journalists and producers who promote children's issues in the media.

Changing the world with a camera
Fifteen films by Bangladeshi children were short listed for the 2nd International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh. Screams, tears of joy and the claps followed as filmmakers Masud Al Kaosar (16) and Shubhajit Bhowmik (18) ran to the stage.

Challenging Gender Perceptions through Unusual Trades – Livelihood Skills Training
How the Livelihood Skills Programme is training up girls in Bangladesh for traditionally male jobs

Child cricketers take on hand-washing challenge
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 16 June, 2010. “How’s that?,” yells a child bowler as he turns to the umpire appealing for a leg before wicket (LBW). As soon as the umpire raises his pointer in approval, the whole team bursts into joy and exchanges high fives to ...

Child friendly space gives Jagannath a voice
Satkhira, Bangladesh, 8 February 2011: At first 11 year-old Jagannath Sarker didn’t want to go to the child friendly space. “He hasn’t spoken since he was a baby” says his mother, Namita Sarker.

Child Friendly Spaces – Children Grow Amid Fun
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Child Friendly Spaces: Promise of a better tomorrow
Dhaka, 01 October, 2012: It was raining hard and a strong wind was blowing outside. Brishti and Munir, inside the Child Friendly Space (CFS), were singing their hearts out and enjoying the cool breeze for a change.

Child-friendly spaces: rebuilding lives after Cyclone Aila
About 4 million people were affected when the devastating cyclone hit Bangladesh and parts of India on May 25, 2009. Many were forced to live in makeshift shelters on damaged embankments or remain marooned by brackish floodwater.

Child-friendly classes and parent meetings boost attendance at a new early learning centre
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Child-friendly spaces provide a safe place to recover after Cyclone Sidr
PATUAKHALI, Bangladesh, 30 November 2007 – It is 7 a.m., and approximately 200 children have gathered on the roof of a government office in cyclone-ravaged Subidkhali village.

Child journalists convene to share experiences
Dhaka, 25 May 2011: Mokarram Rana confidently takes to the stage at the 2nd Child Journalist Convention and begins addressing a large crowd of children, parents, dignitaries, government ministers and media personnel about his experiences...

Child journalists given confidence to inspire change
Sherpur, Bangladesh, 15 March 2012: For three decades, the large pond at Sherpur Government Girls High School sat in the middle of the whittled playground. The students played around it, trying hard to avoid the piles of rubbish that were slowly...

Childhood behind locked doors
JESSORE, Bangladesh: About 20 or 30 villagers have gathered around Minhaz, 15, as he and his mother discuss his plan for the future. Men wearing lungis (traditional sarongs) and women balancing babies on their hips provide their point of view.

Child malnutrition: A case for concern
Netrakona, Bangladesh, 6 July, 2014: Inadequate infant and young child feeding practices and poor hygiene leading to infections are the main causes of child malnutrition.

Child marriage perpetuating poverty
Mirpur, Dhaka, 21 May, 2015 -- It was a wedding party sometime in June, 2014. Morsheda Khatun, 15, was having a fun time with other children at the venue decorated with colorful papers at Duaripara Slum of Mirpur in Dhaka.

Child mortality drops as Special Care Newborn Unit saving babies
Chittagong, 26 February 2015: Mosammat Rahima Begum and her husband are yet to name their newborn son as they were rather busy to save his life. Within five days of his premature birth in the remote Mogdora village of Sandwip island, his mother was...

Children are everyone’s business
DHAKA, 10 July, 2012: “Many children like me work in the informal sector. They sometimes work in areas outside the city. They require some time to finish making the products...

Children demand accountability from politicians for using them
Dhaka, 20 March 2014: Children on a TV show insisted that leaders be held responsible for using them for political gain particularly of the violent variety which damages them deeply.

Children fix adults in a cliff-hanger cricket match
Dhaka, January, 2015: As the world's top all-rounder and Bangladesh's cricket icon Shakib Al Hasan scored the winning runs by whacking a boundary over the square leg region, several hundred child spectators screamed at top of their lungs in joy...

Children get a solid platform to prepare for primary education
Satkhira, Bangladesh, August 28, 2014: Pre-primary learning in schools is not a prevalent concept in Bangladesh; especially in rural areas where school-goers hail from underprivileged families.

Children gleefully gain reading and counting skills
Gazipur, 27 October 2013: It is 10:00 am on a Monday morning. The scorching sun is blazing on the field of West Chondona Government Primary School. Students have just settled in for their morning lessons after a friendly wrestle for a seat by the ...

Children interview Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on TV
Bangladesh Prime Minister was interviewed by twenty children on the occasion of the National Children’s Day. Among them are children living on the streets, child workers and orphans. The programme supported by UNICEF was broadcast by BTV.

Children learn good hygiene habits from each other
In Gaibandha, children get together for interactive sessions on personal hygiene. There is no teacher. A child is leading the group.

Children live Meena’s experience
Dhaka, 23 December 2013: Sumi, a child of 12, is dressed in all her finery; dangling earrings, red printed shalwar kameez, her hair neatly parted and held back with a colourful band.

Children of the slums get a good start in education
Dhaka, 11 July 2013: Almost all slums in the city bear a strikingly similar appearance -- dingy, dreary and sad. However, it’s the residents who add colour and vivacity with their stories; their perseverance to etch out a living in this metropolis...

Children participate in UN Climate Change Forum
Bangladesh’s four youth delegates have returned from the Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen, where they shared Bangladesh’s stories with world leaders and international media.

Children quiz finance minister over budget
Dhaka, 26 June 2011: Pre-budget discussions are now a common practice in most democracies in order to properly articulate the national budget and ensure that people’s expectations are rightly reflected in the budget document.

Children quiz state minister on child labour issues
Popular UNICEF-supported TV programme Our Voice allows Bangladeshi children to quiz the country’s top policymakers on matters pertaining to child rights.

Children raise education issues with Minister
After meeting the Prime Minister, children interviewed the Minister of Education for ‘Our Voice’, a monthly 40-minute TV programme broadcast by Bangladesh Television (BTV). They raised issues of education quality, access to school for working children.

Children raise their voices on child rights
Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 2009: Ten-year-old Hassan knows enough about child rights to realise that he is entitled to more than his poor-paying job as a porter, but he feels powerless to change his situation.

Children’s Film Festival zooms in on social issues
The 3rd International Children's Film Festival was recently held in Dhaka, featuring two films made with UNICEF support.

Children’s photos capture life on the street in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 09 December 2010: Cities in Bangladesh are overcrowded with dense slums, squatter settlements and pavement dwellings, each home to thousands of children.

Children’s news agency changing the face of Bangladeshi media
It looked like any other press conference in the capital, but there was one big difference: on this particular day it was Bangladesh’s top newspaper editors on the receiving end of pointed questions – from children.

Children steal the headlines at media awards
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 13 January 2011: Excited chatter spills down the hallway of the Pan Pacific Hotel in Dhaka City, Bangladesh, where journalists, media professionals and children have gathered for the sixth annual Meena Media Awards.

Children urge policymakers to listen
DHAKA, Bangladesh, December 6, 2009 – Bangladesh put children centre stage at the launch of UNICEF’s global flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children.

Child sexual exploitation: Breaking taboo
Anwara was only 17 years old when she was tricked into accompanying her cousin's husband to Kolkata. At one point, I realised that I was in Mumbai." Anwara is scared and ashamed to admit that she was forced to work in a brothel.

‘Child-to-child’ programme fosters early learning for pre-schoolers in Bangladesh
LALMONIRHAT, Bangladesh, 14 July 2009 – In the sticky heat of early afternoon, the children of the Haribhanga Dargarpar Government Primary School – set amidst the lush green rice paddies of Sadar sub-district – are bent over their school desks, drawing.

Climate Change heats up threats to children
26 November 2012: When Superstorm Sandy ravaged areas from the Caribbean to the mid-Atlantic and north-eastern United States, more and more people turned to climate change as a possible cause for the calamity. No one can say for sure, though Sandy was...

Collectively combating child marriage
Sunamganj, Bangladesh, 06 March 2014: Abdul Baten, 34, leads a local theatre group that raises awareness of villagers to ensure child well-being, but even four months ago he himself had little faith in what he preaches through his shows.

Colourful defiance of disability
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Communities in Bangladesh unite to stop injuries, a top killer of children
RAIGANJ, Bangladesh, 7 August 2006 – As the day drew to a close, the entire village of Roha gathered to answer a difficult question. A week earlier, a four-year-old girl, Ashamoni, drowned in a pond. Her father was at work in a garment factory.

Community gradually taking lead in curbing child marriage
Chowrapara, Rangpur, 22 July 2014: Arjina, 14, just finished class for the day, walking home from school with her classmates. She is a student of Class 9. “One day I will be a nurse. This is my dream,” Arjina declares.

Community groups saving women’s lives
SIRAJGANJ, May 2010: Sakina Begum’s third pregnancy was difficult from the start. She continually had problems and complications, but due to ignorance, her husband Babar Ali did not take her complaints seriously.

Community Health Volunteers: Serving mothers and children
Tangail, 4 June 2013: Alo Rani Pal always passes through quite hectic days. Her work begins with the arrival of villagers into her courtyard as the day progresses and she’s hardly free to do her own chores until the last person leaves her home.

Community helps continue education in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Community responds to arsenic ravage
Keari, Comilla, 15 September 2012: In the remote farming village Keari, things are different now. The village is riddled with many challenges: poor road infrastructure, low literacy rate, poor sanitation facilities, but it had another formidable ...

Community support system brings better healthcare to villagers
25 January, Thakurgaon – Laboni Akter and her husband had been eagerly expecting their first baby. The would-be parents from Bhabnaganj village in northern district of Thakurgaon were thrilled, but they were heartbroken after she had a stillbirth last...

Community starts caring for children’s education
Dhaka, September 23, 2015: On an early February morning the slum dwellers of Korail, situated at the heart of Dhaka city, were in an unusually relaxed mood. The ongoing general strikes have put a damper on their day’s schedule and they were relaxing...

Community outreach on hygiene for cyclone-affected families in Bangladesh
GABTALI, Bangladesh, 19 March 2008 – Pushi is very clean, washing her hands with water and soap whenever she uses the latrine and rinsing out the latrine pan when she is finished.

Cricket idol Shakib calls for ending culture of secrecy on HIV/AIDS
Dhaka, 2 September 2012: National cricket icon Shakib Al Hasan called for shunning the culture of secrecy regarding the issue of HIV and AIDS so that the country’s adolescent and youth populations can be saved from the onslaught of this deadly virus.

Cricket stars trigger positive social behaviour in adolescents
Savar, April 13, 2014: On a humid day in Savar, a group of 80 children gathered to participate in a cricket training session. This was no usual sports training.

Cricket stars visit centre for drug users to raise AIDS awareness in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 15 January 2009 - Bilash regularly visits the UNICEF-supported Naya Bazaar drop-in centre in Dhaka city to receive help for his drug addiction. But even in his wildest dreams, the 11-year-old never expected to meet the captain

Cyclone in Bangladesh: UNICEF and partners join emergency relief effort
NEW YORK, USA, 18 November 2007 – UNICEF and its humanitarian partners in Bangladesh are rushing emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of families in areas devastated by Cyclone Sidr, the deadliest storm to hit the impoverished nation in a decade.

Desperate mother finding her way out of poverty-trap
Dhaka, July 16, 2015 -- Umme Kulsum Munni (40), was overwhelmed when she received 18,000 Taka (US$ 230) for her two sons under a UNICEF supported cash transfer programme in mid-2011. It was critically important for her as she was passing through...

Dhaka’s Education Fair kicks off a nation-wide festival of learning
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Disadvantaged children go up the learning ladder
Dhaka, November 5, 2015: A group of children with dishevelled hair, dusty faces and unclean shirts with buttons half done play in the field of Korail slum. Their assets are their handfuls of colourful marbles and juicy jujube berries for the time being.

Disfigured but not defeated
Dhaka, 30 April, 2013: A beautiful girl, her loose long hair shades part of her face as she stoops over her sewing machine to adjust the settings. From afar she is just an ordinary girl with a pretty face but as you go closer, you can see how she has...

Dreaming big amid bitter realities
Dhaka, 31 December 2012: He announces with confidence that he has a dream. The 14-year-old Mohammad Mamun Bokaul says sometimes he thinks how one’s life moves on and how he has come this far despite all the adversities he has confronted throughout child..

Dropping out, bouncing back
JESSORE, Bangladesh, 4 October 2010: Anwar*, 12, is from, Jessore, a district town in the south of Bangladesh. Anwar used to walk halfway to his madrasa (religious school) every day before turning around and coming home.

Education, protection a right for working children
As World Day Against Child Labour kicks off, UNICEF Bangladesh continues to ensure the millions of child workers across the country are protected and afforded their right to an education.

Effective services a must for a healthy nation
Dhaka. 16 August, 2105: Seven days ago, Renu Begum, 23, gave birth to a son at a mother and child clinic in Bowniabadh slums, Dhaka. A frail mother of two, Renu insists on having more children so that they can take care of each other during dire...

‘Empowerment of Adolescents’ programme helps people cope after Cyclone Aila
BARGUNA, Bangladesh, 29 June 2009 – Cyclone Aila swept through south-west Bangladesh on 25 May, reducing homes to rubble, destroying crops and leaving villagers without safe water or sanitation.

Empowering girls by challenging the tradition of child marriage
CHAPAI NAWABGANJ, Bangladesh, 31 August 2006 – Less than a year ago, Mosamad Mounjera Khatun watched as her future was decided without her consent. Her parents had arranged for her to be married, though she was only 14-years old.

Ensuring arsenic-free water for villagers in Bangladesh
NABINAGAR, Bangladesh, 23 June 2009 – No matter how hard Abeda Khatum – a young villager in the community of Zinodpur – pumps the tubewell, no water comes out. The rainy season is about to start, but for now, the canal boats are stranded in the mud.

Equipping school children with essential health and nutrition knowledge
Dhaka, 30 January 2014: Sakib Hossaib (13), a promising student at Sher-e-Bangla Government Primary School, was forced to drop out of school because of acute malnutrition.

Exclusive breastfeeding for urban working mothers creates win-win situation for all
Dhaka, 25 March 2015: The Mirpur 11, Block B, Pallabi housing complex, which mainly houses garments workers is better than many other slums in that area. Even though it is overcrowded and the dingy lanes and by-lanes are all in ruins, once one enters...

Eyewitness account reveals devastating impact of cyclone in southern Bangladesh
BARISAL, Bangladesh, 19 November 2007 – The winds howled all night and the rain came down in sheets. The following morning, A. H. Towfique Ahmed set out to visit the local area.

Fighting AIDS and drug use in Bangladesh, one needle at a time
RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh, 25 August 2006 – Carrying a large umbrella to shield herself from the hot sun, Mosammat Sabera Yasmin walks along a narrow alley in a poor neighbourhood in this western Bangladeshi city.

Fighting with the pen
Noakhali, Bangladesh: “I can’t go to war for my country, but I can fight with my pen. I can work for the people, for human rights.”

Flu prevention through theatre
Rangamati, BANGLADESH, June 1: As the sun set behind the dark green hills of the picturesque Rangamati town, some 350 km south-east of the capital, Dhaka, a group of teenagers fine tuned the dramas they had been rehearsing for the past six days.

From slums to a formal school
Dhaka, 3 October, 2011: Twelve-year-old Sultana Akter lives in Karail, one of Dhaka’s largest slums. A few years ago she was illiterate and worked every day selling flowers to passing motorists at a busy intersection near her home.

Future in Frame: International film carnival catches children’s imagination
Dhaka, 26 January 2012: It’s the 21 January in Dhaka’s Central Public Library. The stage is set for the inauguration: some of the children are wearing colourful traditional dresses, waiting with their musical instruments; others hold pigeons in cages.

German First Lady Eva Luise Koehler visits UNICEF-supported projects in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 24 October 2008 – “I have to choose between being hungry or going to school.” These sentiments, as expressed by a 12-year old girl who works in a rice husking mill in Bangladesh will never be forgotten by Germany's First Lady

George Harrison honoured on 35th anniversary of ‘Concert for Bangladesh’
NEW YORK, USA, 1 August 2006 – Thirty-five years after George Harrison’s ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ raised over $15 million for UNICEF, the late Beatle has been inducted into the Madison Square Garden ‘Walk of Fame’.

Girls cricket team hits ‘em for six
16 September, 2010. Cox’s Bazaar : Outside her home made of bamboo sheets on clay wall, 12 year-old Bappi Dey practices batting in preparation for a friendly cricket match in her neighbourhood.

Girls transform slum area in Bangladesh by educating their neighbours on hygienic living
Dolly Akter has a simple theory: “Life is for help.” The 16-year-old will have a chance to help and influence many people this week when she takes part in the Children’s World Water Forum in Mexico City.

Going bananas for a more engaged school community
BANDARBAN, Bangladesh, May 2010: Special funding provided by the Government of Bangladesh along with UNICEF and others, have allowed one school to take a unique approach to improving student performance.

Going to school in areas hit by Cyclone Aila
Khulna, Bangladesh, March 2010: In the hot midday sun, children and teachers use a rickety bamboo bridge to cross the floodwater that has surrounded their primary school since Cyclone Aila hit almost a year ago.

Goodwill Ambassador Shakira reaches out to cyclone survivors in rural Bangladesh
PATUAKHALI, Bangladesh, 21 December 2007 – Internationally acclaimed singer, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira travelled to Bangladesh recently and met with women and children whose lives have been affected by Cyclone Sidr.

Government, NGO partners and adolescents target 'Eve teasing'
NARSINGDI, Bangladesh, 21 July 2010 – Hundreds of people, many of them adolescents, rallied in the streets of Narsingdi district recently to call for an end to ‘Eve teasing’ – a term used to describe the public bullying of girls and women by boys and men.

Harmonizing nutrition assessment to address the gaps
Netrokona, Bangladesh, 16 March, 2015: At the age of seven-month parents expect rapid physical development in their children as they gain weight and grow stronger. But housewife Mina Akter saw in despair the opposite in her youngest son.

Hazards of an urban slum
Dhaka, 29 February 2012: Just over two months ago, late in 2011, bulldozers arrived at the Rupnagar slum in Dhaka, and partially razed it. “About a year and a half ago, they said they might destroy one or two houses, but that would be all.

Heightened skills of grassroots health managers lead to effective coverage
Tangail, 25 January 2016: This is something new to Dr Sanchita Maitra. She has lately been following a systematic approach and having brainstorming sessions with her colleagues from different upazillas (sub-districts) to identify bottlenecks in the...

Helping children defy disability and deprivation
Dhaka, 2 July 2013: It was a scorching summer day; the sort when one would think twice before venturing out and risking a heat stroke. However for the residents of Korail slum, which is located in the heart of the metropolis...

Helping children to defy disability
June 21, 2013: Hridoy (9) and Bristi (10) are trying hard to keep up their pace and synchronise with the high beat of the music as they are dancing with other children in the drop-in- centre, situated in the Koratitola-suburb of Dhaka, capital city of ..

Helping communities access drinking water in the face of climate change
BAGERHAT DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 24 February 2010: UNICEF is helping communities harvest rainwater, as climate change makes drinking water even more scarce.

Helping new mothers raise healthy babies
RANGPUR, Bangladesh, April 2010: Sabina Yesmeen has witnessed many social changes in the decade she has been promoting maternal and child nutrition in Mithapukur upazila, Rangpur district, northern Bangladesh.

Hill Tracts communities working to ensure the survival of mothers and newborns
Minu Prue was a 26 year-old widow when she died of post-delivery complications in February this year. Her village, Monji, in Bandarban district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, south east Bangladesh is six hours by foot from the Bandarban District Hospital.

HIV threatens sexually active children and adolescents in Bangladesh
World AIDS Day on December 1 reminds us how HIV and AIDS can still affect the lives of children and young people in Bangladesh. A new study explains.

How safe are children?
Dhaka, 06 December 2012: "I was diagnosed with HIV and I still haven't had the courage to tell my family or friends about it," says Rina (not her real name), l8, who comes from a middle class 'liberal' family in Dhaka.

Hygiene promoters teach safe sanitation practices in Bangladesh
HATITILA, Bangladesh, 31 July 2008 – At the community development centre in Hatitila, a remote village in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, Athoi Marma, 19, teaches songs about safe hygiene practices to 20 pre-school children.

Imams play crucial role in hygiene awareness
Rangunia, Chittagong, 13 July 2011: Thousands of religious leaders across Bangladesh are playing a key role in raising awareness about proper hygiene practices, starting in their very own mosques.

Infants, mothers of cyclone Sidr-hit areas find solace in power-packed food
BARISAL, Bangladesh, 15 September 2008: The women attending the information session on Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP) in a room at the Shariktala Union Parishad office of Pirojpur district in southern Bangladesh

Infants, mothers of cyclone Sidr-hit areas find solace in power-packed food
This part of Bangladesh was worst affected by cyclone Sidr of mid-November 2007, which greatly eroded the capacity of the households to access adequate food and nutrition.

Injury prevention initiatives raise awareness
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Ironing out anaemia in the CHT
Bandarban, Bangladesh: For almost eighteen months, school girls Ummey Aiman, 15, and Shefali, 16, were haunted by regular episodes of severe dizziness and weakness.

Khadija now has a dream
Satkhira, 27 February 2013: Khadija, a six-year-old girl, is now enrolled in Grade I of 19 Bangshipur Golam Rahman Registered Government Primary School of Shyamnagar Upazila after completing one year pre-primary education (PPE).

Khaleda puts a stop to early marriage in her community
Khaleda Begum, 17, is not like most other teenagers in Bangladesh. Khaleda is a peer leader, a force for change in her community. A few months ago she stopped the marriage of a 13 year old girl.

Killing pneumonia, the forgotten pandemic
November 12 is World Pneumonia Day. Globally, but especially in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, pneumonia is the leading killer of children under the age of five - more than AIDS, measles and malaria combined.

Korean Students Experience Life in Slums
Dhaka, 4 August 2011: For DollyAhkter, the makeshift stalls and houses of the Rupnagar slum are home but for the eager group of Korean students following her through the narrow laneways, they’re a new and eye-opening experience.

Learning to smile: Protecting children at risk
When Jamal was just 11 his father died. Jamal was forced to work and severely beaten by his older brother if he didn’t. To escape the abuse he was facing at home, 13 year old Jamal jumped on a bus to Dhaka. Then what happened?

Legal marriageable age for girls still under review
Dhaka, 17 December 2015: The Women and Children Affairs Ministry (MOWCA) of the Government of Bangladesh has proposed to keep the legal age of marriage for girls at 18 years, but with the option of lowering it to 16 years under ‘special circumstances’...

Lending a helping hand to urban working children
DHAKA, October 4, 2012: “I now have the courage to travel anywhere in the world by myself with just a passport and ticket, thanks to all the skills I have gathered from my time at the drop-in-centre,” says twenty-one year old Rosy Howlader.

Lost in transition – Bangladesh’s invisible girls
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 28 October 2011:"About few months ago, I visited a health clinic at Barisal, 60 per cent of the women in one of the wards were there because someone who ought to have been protecting them – a father or a husband perhaps...

Magician Mesmerized!
Dhaka, 17 October 2012: Instead of mesmerizing the audience with magic spell, the acclaimed illusion artist of Bangladesh Jewel Aich, who joined forces with UNICEF as a Child Rights Advocate in 2011, was himself mesmerized by children during a live...

Making hay while the sun shines: The case of Rapid Nutrition Assessment Team
Netrakona, Bangladesh, 04 February, 2014: An extremely bony appearance, low weight, infections and distaste for food – all indicate severe malnutrition in 14-month-old baby girl Omi, but her mother Lucky Akter thought she was fine, a dangerous ignorance.

Malnourished child gets a new lease of life
Zulekha is a 15-month-old girl recovering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. She lives in Hoglapata village under Bamna Upazila in Barguna district, located in south-western Bangladesh.

Measles and polio immunization campaign targets 20 million children
PANCHAGARH, Bangladesh, 10 March 2010. Millions of Bangladeshi children received measles and polio vaccines during the two-week Measles Campaign.

Meena, a positive role model for Bangladeshi children
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Meena continues to cast her magic spell
24 September 2012: Today “Meena”, an iconic animated character, is celebrating her 20th birthday. Since 1993, Meena has been entertaining and educating children and parents, and raising awareness on the rights of the girl child across the society.

Meena Day 2010
23 September, 2010, Dhaka, Bangladesh: On Friday 24 September, Bangladesh will celebrate Meena Day, an annual event that sees children across the country joining in celebrations to honor their favorite hero, and rushing home to tune into the many Meena...

Meena is for all
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Meena Media Award 2012: Honouring compelling work on children
Dhaka, November 20, 2012: The 8th Meena Media Award was announced on 18 November 2012 at a local hotel. UNICEF conferred the Meena Media Award 2012 on 32 professionals from print and broadcast media for their outstanding works in promoting child rights du

Meena Media Award: Championing children’s causes
Dhaka, 08 December 2015: Although it had a humble beginning 11 years ago with a vision to encourage journalists to work on children’s issues, the Meena Media Award over the years has become one of the most popular events celebrated by the journalist...

Meena Media Awards: Tiny footsteps to a grand destination
DHAKA, 26 September, 2013: Five little girls dressed in candy floss pink tops, red skirts and hair braided at the sides, took to the stage.

Meena's mission continues as challenges remain
Dhaka, 01 January, 2014: Meena, an animated cartoon character, was created by UNICEF at a time when statistics showed that girls in South Asia were deprived of their rights and were vulnerable. To promote girl’s rights, the 1990s were designated the...

Melting the ice: Parents warm to girls’ participation in sport
Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, 02 February, 2011: When Yasmin was selected to join a local all-female sports team, she was ecstatic. One of 18 successful candidates picked from a pool of 1500 hopefuls, the shy 15 year-old eagerly awaited the chance to ...

Micronutrient sachets help iron out anaemia in Bhola
Bhola, Bangladesh, March 15, 2013: When babies should be constantly in motion, testing out their physical abilities at the age of 14-months, skinny Mustafa was rather slow in moving and showed less enthusiasm in everything around him.

Millions affected by floods in Bangladesh face ‘a desperate situation’
NEW YORK, USA, 7 August 2007 – This year’s monsoon rains have caused unprecedented human suffering in Bangladesh. More than half of the country’s 64 districts are severely affected.

Millions of Bangladeshi children lather up for global handwashing day
It is almost midday on a hot and humid Thursday as hundreds of school children sit alongside long, makeshift troughs with soap in one hand and a bottle of water in the other.

Mobile cash transfers bring meaningful changes for children
Dhaka, 04 June, 2015: Rozy Akhter (35), a mother of two, has a calm poised look about her. Her forlorn eyes say a lot about her hardship, which she elegantly manages to hide from outsiders. Dressed in old but clean clothes she speaks about her husband’s..

Muhammad Yunus, microcredit pioneer and UNICEF partner, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
NEW YORK, USA, 13 October 2006 – This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, a pioneer in microcredit lending whose Grameen Bank has partnered with UNICEF on development projects benefiting vulnerable women and children

New vaccine to prevent child pneumonia and meningitis in Bangladesh
KHULNA, Bangladesh, 12 February 2009 – One recent morning, the general paediatric ward of Khulna Shishu children’s hospital, southwest of Dhaka, was crammed with patients and their attendants.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus honoured at UN for fighting poverty
NEW YORK, New York, 22 November 2006 – Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and the ‘microcredit’ principle, was honoured at the UN this week for his work to eliminate poverty and empower women worldwide.

Nutrition project leads children from sickness to health
14 August, 2012, Barguna, Bangladesh: Abdullah, was detected with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) when he was five-month-old. His mother Salma was affected by acute dysentery. She became very weak and could not take enough food due to loss of appetite.

Olympic torchbearer recalls his moments of glory
26 July 2012, Dhaka: Shoriful Islam was exceedingly thrilled as he shared his experiences of holding the Olympic Torch. “I was the lone torch bearer from Bangladesh, holding the Olympic torch and running on one of the streets of Nottingham with a team...

Opening school doors for girls and disadvantaged children in Bangladesh
Down a warren of shanties built with corrugated steel and thatched wood, Morzina Begum and her parents live in a one-room shack, sharing a common kitchen and toilet with several other families.

Outcasts rescued from lives of isolation
Dhaka, 13 March, 2014: Monzila Das, 26, is HIV positive. She lives with her in-laws on the outskirts of Dhaka.

Over 14 million Bangladeshi children join the global hand washing bandwagon
A teenage boy takes some friends to his home for lunch but his sister-in-law would not serve them food because they had not washed their hands with soap. This is from a play by the students of a school in Bangladesh on the Global Hand Washing Day.

Para Centres provide one-stop service to ethnic communities
Bandarban, 07 May, 2015 - In a remote village surrounded by mountains, crops and different shades of green, Amor Debi begins her morning by weaving cloth from strings of cotton using a simple contraption made of bamboo and wood.

Parvez makes a splash
A champion child swimmer has been identified through the SwimSafe programme, which teaches survival swimming to reduce child drowning. It is funded by UNICEF and run by the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh.

Preventing bone disorders through better nutrition in Bangladesh
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 19 October 2009 – Five-year-old Jasmeen suffers from rickets – a preventable disorder caused by malnutrition which manifests as a softening of the bones. Her legs are severely deformed and bowed.

Proper feeding vital to child heath
As World Breastfeeding Week kicks off, UNICEF Bangladesh reflects on the importance of breastfeeding for the growth of a healthy child.

Providing basic education to working children
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 10 June 2010 - Like almost 8 million Bangladeshi children, Muktar Hossain Raja, 13, has to work to support his family. Raja has been forced to work in a metal workshop to contribute to the family income.

Proving children can do great things
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Reading in the tea leaves: Increased early learning opportunities in tea gardens
In Sylhet Tea Garden, only 5 per cent of preschool age children attend school. Education was a distance dream for many of them.

Reducing arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh
MUNSHIGANJ, Bangladesh, 11 September 2006 – Salma Begum would lie awake at night, unable to sleep for worrying about who would take care of her children if she died of cancer.

Refusing Marriage, Choosing Education
In Bangladesh, where a third of girls are married before age 15, adolescents come together to protect themselves from early marriage.

Relief supplies provided to flood-affected communities in Bangladesh
SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 14 August 2007 – The devastation caused by the monsoon flooding of last month is visible throughout Bangladesh, but nowhere more than on the faces of the survivors themselves in Sirajganj

Remote hill children of Rangamati becoming IT-savvy
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Returned camel jockeys spark community education on child rights
Kawsar, 10, has returned to Bangladesh from the UAE where he was trafficked to work as a camel jockey. He is now being reintegrated in his community like 168 children involved in camel racing. Community Committees have been set up to promote child rights.

Rock-and-roll benefit concerts: Music to UNICEF’s ears
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF has started many trends over the years. One of the most influential – the rock-and-roll benefit concert – began in 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar teamed up with UNICEF to raise money for children.

Salt iodisation from mill to home
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Inside a rickety wooden building surrounded by rice paddies, men carry heavy baskets of wet salt balanced on their heads, while women scoop up salt with their hands and fill packets to be sold at markets.

Saving lives by providing vaccines in remote areas of Bangladesh
MYMENSINGH, December 2009: Almost 40 years ago, Ansar Ali was a freedom fighter in Bangladesh’s liberation war. Today he is fighting for another cause that is crucial to his country’s future - the health of Bangladeshi children.

Say No to Child, Early and Forced Marriages
Dhaka, 12 January 2016: The detrimental effects of child marriage on a young girl’s social standing, her physical and mental health, among other things, cannot be overemphasised.

Saving mother’s lives: the dedication of a doctor
23 years ago, Dr Emdad lost a patient: a young mother died because of severe bleeding after childbirth. Plagued by grief and guilt, Dr Haque dedicated his career to ensuring safe childbirth and motherhood.

School and shelter: protecting working children
Barisal, Bangladesh, 23 December 2010: It’s a balmy evening in Barisal City, southern Bangladesh, and while the air outside is still, there is a buzz of activity coming from inside the school building. It’s 8.00pm and the students here are only...

School brigades promote handwashing, health and hygiene
Shariatpur District, Bangladesh, 15 October, 2010: It’s a sunny afternoon in Shariatpur District and eight year-old Fickriya Akhtar is leading six of her schoolmates down toward a dilapidated, thatched-roof house next to a dry pond.

School dropouts revisit the joy of learning
Satkhira, August 17, 2014: The impact of her father’s imprisonment was devastating on her. A girl of only eight years, Asma Akhter Akhi spent days and nights without proper food.

School readiness programme for hard-to-reach children
Rangamati, Bangladesh, 12 February 2015: A group of children aged between three and five were chanting a popular rhyme in chorus on a hilltop classroom of an early learning centre which looks more like a playroom in Muralipara village in the...

Setara Gets a Second Learning Opportunity
Cox’s Bazar, 31 December 2014: Setara Begum does not know how her exact age. She hails from a remote area of Palongkhali in Ukhiya Upazila of Cox’s Bazaar. Setara has a hearing impairment.

Setting hygiene standards in urban slums
21 March 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh - Before a small crowd Doly Ahkter unravels a large piece of brown paper covered in ticks and crosses and begins to explain what the markings mean.

Setting the Benchmark for Pre-Primary Education
Jessore, Bangladesh, 26 December, 2011: In the pre-primary class at Krishnanagar Model Government Primary School in Jhikargachha, Jessore the children are learning parts of the body through an interactive game.

Shakib bats for better nutrition
Dhaka, 19 June 2014: “The first one thousand days of a child’s life are the most important. From conception till their second birthday, these days are the most important for their survival, health, mental and physical development,” says Shakib Al Hasan.

Shamima’s story: Bringing clean water and hygiene to a Bangladesh slum area
The painting has two sides depicting two versions of the world – one where water is dirty and sanitation practices are unhealthy, the other where water is clean and community sanitation is very good.

Shetra’s story – the life of a sexually exploited child in Bangladesh
BARISAL, Bangladesh, 19 November 2008 – A recent survey by UNICEF Bangladesh found the average age at which children became involved in commercial sexual exploitation was 13.

Shielding children from severe injuries
Sunamganj, Bangladesh, 22 October 2014: Abdul Baten, 34, leads a local theatre group that raises awareness of villagers to ensure child well-being, but even four months ago he himself had little faith in what he preaches through his shows.

Sidr-hit people keep close vigil on community water facility
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Slum dwellers lack sanitation infrastructure and hygiene knowledge
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Solving the water crisis in climate-ravaged Bangladesh
Satkhira district, Bangladesh, April 2010: For people living in Shyamnagar sub-district in Satkhira, south-west Bangladesh, climate change is not just something they read about in newspapers – it is a reality that affects their everyday lives.

Special Care Newborn Unit reduces neonatal mortality in Tangail
Tangail, 25 March 2013: Hazera Begum was screaming with severe pain on the operation table in the Tangail District Hospital's Gynecology Department. The doctors were carrying out an emergency operation on her with local anesthesia to deliver her baby.

Specialist volunteer training gives pregnant women hope
Thakurgaon, Bangladesh, 25 July 2011: Shipli Rani enters her Community Health Clinic holding what looks like a bundle of blankets. She begins to gently unwrap the layers of cloth to reveal a tiny baby boy, sleeping soundly.

Spreading messages to curb disease
Chapainawabganj, Bangladesh, 09 May 2011: It’s a chilly morning and a group of 35 children are braving the cold to attend an informal lesson on hygiene promotion in Shibganj municipality in Bangladesh’s Chapainawabganj district.

Striving to achieve the MDGs with equity
22 October 2010. How can Bangladesh achieve the Millennium Development Goals with equity? This question was at the heart of the national seminar jointly organized in Dhaka by UNICEF and Bangladesh Economic Association on 21 October

Support for mothers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
A UNICEF-supported maternal and neonatal health project in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts is empowering mothers and families to make more informed health choices.

Surveying the needs of children and women in Bangladesh through ‘MICS’
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 4 August 2009 – It is hot and humid when Madhuri Samaddar, 28, reaches Boalkhali Bazar in Swarankhola, south-west Bangladesh. In the crowded neighbourhood, she walks to Sheresta Bari, a tiny slum with a few makeshift houses...

Swimming instruction prevents child deaths
Bangladesh has done well on preventing major child killers such as diarrhoea and measles but preventing deaths from drowning was not on the priority list.Now it is time to address previously hidden issues.

Symposium on poverty recommends child-sensitive social protection in South Asia
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 21 April 2008 – Policy makers and experts from eight countries met in Dhaka last week for a symposium to address poverty. The symposium focused on how expanded social protection could serve as a strategy to transform social policy .

Tackling urban poverty key to equitable MDGs
Dhaka, 10 August, 2011: Every morning AlakhMiha rises at 5am from the large wooden bed he shares with his wife Rohimaand fourchildren and walks down a muddy narrow lane crammed with makeshift houses to use a communal hanging latrine ...

Taking the lead: Adolescents of Bangladesh promote HIV/AIDS
The voices of more than 10,000 adolescent boys and girls were heard loud and clear chanting “We are the leaders; we will stop AIDS”. Their messages resonated across the country. Police had to close a major road to give them room.

Tatulia: A Bangladesh village in dire need of safe water
TATULIA, Bangladesh, 29 January 2008 – Tatulia, a small village at the bank of the Modhumoti river, is home to around 116 families. Last year, erosion from the river washed away one fourth of the village.

Teaching sanitation to the urban poor in Bangladesh
GAIBANDHA, Bangladesh, 25 March 2009—Mahmuda Akhter is an educated young woman in her 20s. This morning, she is rounding up housewives for an informal meeting. Her mission is to share lessons on personal hygiene, neighbourhood cleanliness, sanitation.

The hard road home for young camel jockeys from Bangladesh
MOHESHPUR, Bangladesh, 18 September 2006 – On a dry rice field that has been transformed into a football pitch, 13-year-old Rubel and his 11-year-old brother Shumon struggle to control the ball against their older and taller adversaries.

The ripple effect
Sherpur, Bangladesh, 28 April, 2011: “Kick your legs, kick your legs!” Crowds of children line the banks of the local pond in the village of Khailkura in Sherpur, northern Bangladesh, squealing with excitement as they watch a swimming lesson ...

Things looking up at Jamalpur District Hospital
Jamalpur, Bangladesh, 06 September 2011: During her first year at the Jamalpur District Hospital, Doctor Fakhria Alam recalls a young woman in labour coming to the hospital with the hand of her newborn protruding from in between her.

Transition School Salvages Students in Distress
Barguna, 20 April, 2015 – Ten-year-old Abdullah Munshi can still remember the fearful night in mid-June, 2013 when cyclone Mahasen blew away many of the corrugated tin sheets of their house. Some of his books were also partly damaged.

UNICEF aims to rehabilitate Bangladesh flood victims
Bogra, 22 September, 2014: Monsoon floods triggered by days of heavy rainfall damaged the shanty home of 50-year-old widow 'Khuki' and washed away the scanty belongings she had at Hindukandi village in the northern district of Bogra.

UNICEF distributes biscuits to malnourished children during ‘rat flood’ food crisis
BELAICHARI, Bangladesh, 26 August 2008 – UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are distributing food relief in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of south-eastern Bangladesh, where a plague of rats is devastating crops and triggering a food crisis.

UNICEF doctor steps in to perform emergency caesarean at a rural hospital
CHAUGHACHHA, Bangladesh, 3 July 2007 – In rural areas of Bangladesh, surgery is never straightforward. When 20-year-old Lipy arrived at the Chaugachha Upazila health complex, the doctors told her that she would require a caesarean section in order to save

UNICEF helping families affected by Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 4 June 2009 – In the days since Cyclone Aila hit the fifteen coastal districts of Bangladesh on 25 May, the magnitude of the damage has begun to unfold.

UNICEF saving preterm babies in Bangladesh hospitals
Tangail, 26 November 2015: Bithy Aktar looks very tired as she gazes outside through the grill fence. While waiting outside a special care newborn unit at Tangail General Hospital, this 17 year old housewife narrates how terrible days and nights were ....

UN Joint Mission visits cyclone survivors in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 23 November 2007 – A week after Cyclone Sidr pummelled Bangladesh, the survivors are struggling to pick up the pieces. A roof overhead, food, water and sanitation are the most critical needs.

Urban working mothers and children find hope for future
Mirpur, Dhaka, 18 June, 2015: The readymade garments (RMG) sector in Bangladesh employs a staggering 4.2 million people, among whom majority are young women. It is a steady contributor to the country’s GDP and presents a strategic entry point for women...

Using theatre to raise awareness of bird flu prevention in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 22 May, 2008 – With its feel of suburban comfort, Dhour village in the Harirampur Union does not look like a typical Bangladeshi town. But, like many towns in Bangladesh, Dhour is home to many small poultry farms.

Vital nutrition comes from vitamin-A fortified oil
Dhaka, 06 September 2015: Aklima Begum, a resident of Duaripara slum in Dhaka, cooks food with vitamin A fortified oil using clay stoves that are located in a community kitchen space that she shares with her neighbours.

Vitamin A campaign widens target range
Comilla, Bangladesh, May 29, 2011: Amid the noise of car horns and the traffic congestion, Mohsammat Sharmin briskly crosses a wide busy road with her six-months-old daughter Shuba in her arms, dodging the cars and trucks until she reaches a small marquee

Voice of Meena
On a warm Monday morning of May, Abu Bakkar Siddik was seen walking around a Rohingya refugee community at Shamlapur in Cox’s Bazar. He was tracking down absent children in his class and bringing them back to ‘Kadam’ learning centre.

Volunteering for Health: An A Plus Result
Mymensingh, Bangladesh, 29 May 2010: Laili is an ordinary adolescent girl living with her parents and seven siblings in a small house in the village of Satrasia, Mymensingh. Today however, she is contributing in an extraordinary way to the health of child

WASH facilities revitalize remote Rangamati lake schools
Rangamati, Bangladesh, 15 October 2014: Due to lack of a sanitary toilet of their own, the boys at the Putikhali Primary School situated on a hilltop surrounded by a lake used to defecate in the open exposing themselves to health risks and foul smell.

Women and children still suffering the effects of monsoon floods
SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 4 September 2007 – Last month, 45-year-old Amena awoke to discover that monsoon-related flooding was filling her home with rushing water.

Women pay high Price for ignorance
UNICEF's women friendly hospital initiative aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates by promoting safe motherhood and addressing social taboos such as the common belief that visiting a doctor during pregnancy is "shameful".

World Refugee Day : addressing the needs of Rohingya refugees
Abdul Munaf, 20, is many things. A son. A brother. A pre-primary school teacher. A refugee. Munaf and other Rohingya at refugee camps in Cox's Bazar mark World Refugee Day on June 20.

Young Bangladeshi filmmaker wins award in Amsterdam
Raihan, a 15-year-old Bangladeshi, has won an award at an international film festival after producing a one-minute video with UNICEF support.

Young people in Bangladesh show their world through photos
DHAKA, Bangladesh , 20 January 2010 – As of three months ago, Rubaiya Akhter Shimu had never used a camera. Today, she is explaining the power of photography to a crowd of hundreds at the launch of a photo exhibition including several of her works.

Young rural entrepreneurs bring changes
Khulna, 08 August, 2013: When most people talk about beauty parlours they would probably imagine them to be located in central Dhaka or in some cosmopolitan cities.

Youngsters turn the wheels of their fate
04 February 2013, Dhaka: Muktar and Maria are both in their late teens and working as trained electricians in Filament Engineering Ltd, a renewable energy and environmental industry; where they assemble Solar Charger Controllers.



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