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The para (neighbourhood) centre in Chittagong Hill Tracts
The para (neighbourhood) centre is central to Integrated Community Development Project, initiated jointly by UNICEF and Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board in 1980. These centres mobilise local resources and ensure community participation.

Pre-primary schooling for one year
Children aged five and above have the opportunity to attend pre-primary school for one year through the UNICEF supported programmes. The project is implemented in partnership with NGOs, City Corporations, and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.

Early Learning for Child Development
UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh’s Early Learning for Child Development Project (ELCDP), which focusses on promotion of the cognitive, emotional and social development of children, from birth up to six years of age.

Meena Media Award 2014
UNICEF honoured thirty-six media professionals for their outstanding contribution in championing child rights during the 10th Meena Media Award 2014 on 16 September 2014.

Shuttle boats helping children reach school
The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is helping children reach schools in remote areas of Rangamati with the help of shuttle boats. The boats are ensuring increase in access to quality primary education, learning opportunities & child friendly environment.

Nutrition Preparedness
The European Commission – Directorate General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – ECHO has funded UNICEF to implement a project on enhancing disaster preparedness and response of nutrition cluster partner organizations.

Haunted by dowry-related debts
The practice of dowry given by the bride’s family to the groom at the time of marriage continues to be a curse for many households. In most cases, it is a source for exploitation of child brides and their families who are often thrown into lifelong debts.

‘Think Wise’ about HIV
The THINK WISE initiative builds on a long-term partnership between the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF which for more than 11 years has reached out to the global cricketing community to work together in responding to the global AIDS crisis.

Child Marriage: Stealing Childhoods
Early marriage and its ensuing risk of early pregnancy threaten girls’ overall well-being. UNICEF addresses child marriage through a multifaceted and multi-sectoral approach that combats this harmful social norm both at a grassroots and at a policy level.

Measles-Rubella Vaccination
The largest ever Measles-Rubella (MR) campaign in Bangladesh was launched with support from UNICEFand partners in January 2014, aiming to reach 52 million children aged nine months to under 15 years to protect them against these infectious diseases.

Spotlight 2013
The year 2013 marked 40 years operation of UNICEF in Bangladesh. During this period the country remained on track to reach most MDG targets, however, millions of children continue to live in poverty and malnutrition.

Preventing Child Deaths in Sunamganj
Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing under-five child mortality because of preventive measures against deadly but preventable diseases.

Equity through Inclusion
UNICEF is committed to improve the situation of children with disabilities and their families by helping to build more inclusive societies. Despite the efforts, many children are denied their rights, and continue to face a harsh reality.

Joyful Education for Youngsters
For residents of low-income urban, semi-urban and rural areas, access to educational facilities from birth to high school is very limited. UNICEF is working with the families of marginalized children to improve their access to education.

Investing in Nutrition
Almost half of the population of Bangladesh lives below the poverty line paving the way for under nutrition and stunting amongst children. UNICEF is working with the most vulnerable families to improve their access to nutrition.

World Water Day 2013
World Water Day is observed annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Education amidst boundaries
All children have a right to education. The UNICEF-supported day care centre inside the Dhaka Central Jail is providing support to the children whose mothers are in jail with early learning and development.

6th Int'l Children’s Film Fest 2013
The 6th International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh took place in Dhaka and all divisional cities from 19- 25 January 2013. More than 200 films suitable for children from 42 countries were shown in 22 venues across the country.

2012: Year in Review
In 2012, Bangladesh is on track in relation to most of the MDG targets. However, half of the 68 million children of Bangladesh continue to live below the upper poverty line and socio-economic disparities remain a grave concern.

Meena Media Award 2012
The 8th Meena Media Award 2012 was held in Dhaka on 18 November 2012. Introduced by UNICEF in 2005, the Meena Media Award celebrates excellence in creative media and journalism.

Global Handwashing Day 2012
Global Handwashing Day 2012 was celebrated worldwide on 15 October 2012. In Bangladesh, children assembled at Rajdhani High School where they pledged to wash their hands with soap.

CRC Week 2012
UNICEF is guided in its mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Meena day 2012
Meena, the popular cartoon character is loved by children and families across South Asia. In her adventures, Meena deals with issues that children face every day, such as access to education, early marriage, and gender discrimination.

Inspiring Change to tackle Avian and Human Influenza
UNICEF is working with faith based institutions and networks, aimed at spreading important awareness messages on Avian Influenza and good hygiene practices.

Inspiring Children through Sports and Play
The International Inspiration project aims to enrich the lives of 12 million children in 20 countries through the power of sport and play. In Bangladesh, over 12,000 peer leaders were trained to use sport as life skills to empower young people.

Swedish Celebrity Laila Bagge visits Pavement Dwellings
Swedish celebrity Laila Bagge meets Jahanara and her family living on a pavement slum in Dhaka, while she was visiting UNICEF supported programmes in Bangladesh.

World Water Day: Safe Water for Safe Food
Today, there are over 7 billion people to feed on the planet and this number is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.

My life in an urban slum
The number of children growing up in urban slums is increasing. Understanding their difficult situation is the first step to move forward towards helping and facilitating changes in their lives.

Anthony Lake visits Bangladesh
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Bangladesh on a three day mission starting on 7 January 2012. He visited UNICEF supported programmes to see the difficulties faced by marginalized and working children as part of his field mission.

Back to School
As the New Year 2012 commences, children all over Bangladesh are getting ready for another year in school. In time, these children will pave the way to a brighter future for the country.

World Pneumonia Day 2011
November 12 marks World Pneumonia Day. Globally, pneumonia is the biggest killer of children under the age of five - more than AIDS, measles and malaria combined.

Meena Media Awards 2011
The 7th Meena Media Awards 2011 was held in Dhaka on 13 October 2011. Introduced by UNICEF in 2005, the Meena Media Awards celebrate excellence in creative media and journalism in both print and electronic streams.

CRC Week 2011
CRC Week celebrates the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children - which was ratified by the Government of Bangladesh in 1990.

Meena Day
Meena Day will be celebrated nationwide on 24 September 2011. In 1998, Bangladesh marked Meena Day on the national calendar, and continues to be celebrated each year.

Healthy mothers, healthy babies
Beginning in 1991, World Breastfeeding Week is now celebrated in 170 countries worldwide. This year’s slogan is ‘Talk to me,’ which emphasises communication as an essential part of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Child Friendly Budget
Amid the launching of a key report into child-related budget allocations, UNICEF is urging the Government of Bangladesh to double the direct budget allocation for children in the coming years.

Meena is back
With two new episodes of the popular Meena series being launched, we reflect on the role Meena has played in the lives of children across Bangladesh, since she first hit televisions screens in 1993.

Child Labour
It’s estimated that 13 per cent of children inBangladesh undertake paid or unpaid work. UNICEF is working to ensure that children are protected from forced labour and given the right to an education.

Mother and Child
Women and children in Bangladesh are vulnerable to under nutrition, maternal health issues and a lack of access to health and education. With support from UNICEF, the country is working on improving the quality of life for its women and children.

World Water Day: The Urban challenge
Across Bangladesh an estimated 7 million people live in urban slums, where there is poor housing, a high population density and a lack of security tenure. These factors add to the challenge of providing clean water and sanitation to slum dwellers.

State of the World’s Children – Adolescence in Bangladesh
Across South Asia there are 335 million people between the ages of 10 and 19. The State of the World’s Children 2011 focuses on these adolescents and the struggles they face during their transition from childhood to adulthood.

Sport for Development
Opportunities to engage in sport and play are crucial for the health, well-being and happiness of children. In Bangladesh, UNICEF is using the power of sport to help girls and boys reach their full potential.

Living in the Urban Jungle
The following images are a sample from the exhibition ‘Living in the Urban Jungle’ produced by 20 working children from Dhaka and Barisal as part of a UNICEF-supported photography training project in conjunction with DRIK gallery and the Telenor Group.

Child labour
Working children are often denied an education. UNICEF works to protect children from forced labour by promoting child protection systems at a national and grass-roots level and ensuring that all children have the chance to go to school.

Children’s Express (Shishu Prokash)
Shishu Prokash or ‘Children’s Express’ is a children’s news agency supported by UNICEF in Bangladesh. The aim of the project is to develop the capacity of child journalists while encouraging greater coverage of child rights issues in the media.

Education Programmes
Bangladesh has made great progress toward achieving Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education, boasting high student enrolment rates. But pressure on children to work affects attendance and ensuring education quality remains a challenge.

Measles and polio campaign
More than 20 million children aged under five received free vaccinations against measles and polio during the Measles Campaign in February 2010, and the National Immunization Day in January 2010.

Children’s voices: it’s time to listen
UNICEF held 37 focus group discussions with more than 800 children on the implementation of child rights in Bangladesh. The children created hundreds of artworks and poems which were compiled into a book and exhibition.

Do you see my world?
Thirty adolescents from rural Bangladesh received photography training so they could tell their stories using photography as a means of expression. Their works were then compiled into a book and exhibition. Here is a sample of the works they produced.

Sanitation, Hygiene Education and Water Supply in Bangladesh
Poor sanitation and hygiene practices have dire health consequences such as chronic diarrhoea and typhoid. UNICEF's projects seek to improve hand-washing practices, increase the use of sanitary latrines and provide more people with access to safe water.

Cyclone Aila response
Cyclone Aila hit the south east coast of Bangladesh on 25 May 2009. More than 3.9 million people were affected in 11 coastal districts.


Protection of children at risk
Children living on the streets are vulnerable to child labor, sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, torture and trafficking. The Protection of Children at Risk project offers these children outreach services, non-formal education, life-skills training and shelter.

Improving the Health of Mothers and Newborns
Maternal and neonatal death rates remain high in Bangladesh. Newborn babies account for more than half of all under-five deaths. Projects across the country seek to overcome the many challenges facing the health sector and improve mother and newborn care.



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