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May 17, 2020

Md. Habib, Md. Jahid, Md. Abual Hossen, and Md. Abul Hossain are four of the unsung heroes in Bangladesh’s rapid response to COVID-19.  They are, quite literally, driving the response—every day, all over the capital city.  They are the ones who suit up and help collect specimens to track the virus and keep others safe. 

May 7, 2020

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has provided over $22 million to complement the Government of Bangladesh’s ongoing efforts to prepare and respond to the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  This funding builds on more than $1 billion in health assistance provided to Bangladesh over the past 20 years and underscores the long-term U.S. commitment to ensuring access to quality, lifesaving health services for all people in Bangladesh.

March 25, 2020

In northeast Bangladesh, up near the border with India, you find a mosaic of habitats: rivers, streams and irrigation canals, large areas of seasonally flooded cultivated plains and hundreds of wetlands with still water.  Large areas are covered by wetlands that between May to October transform into massive bodies of deep water. 

It is uniquely beautiful here, even picturesque—but it is not an not easy place to live and nurture a family.  Just ask Tahmina Begum, a wife and mother caring for her large family in the village of Birnagar.  She could tell you what it feels like to stare down an impending disaster when the rains come.  Wind whips wildly and water gushes from nearby mountains, generating waves in the wetlands when the haor is full that in turn surround and erode the raised mounds of earth—called atis—upon which people live. 

March 23, 2020

In Bangladesh, young party leaders reach across the aisle for better and more constructive collaboration.  Playing a supporting role, the USAID-funded Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL) activity has convened Bangladeshis for cross-party training sessions and events under the Young Leaders Fellowship Program (YLFP).  The 352 YLFP graduates, who studied leadership, internal party democracy, party constitutions, advocacy, public speaking, and communications, are shunning confrontation and working across party lines to address problems affecting Bangladeshis. 

March 16, 2020

For over a decade, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Bangladesh has been making headlines for its novel approach to health.  Much of its shining success has come through the Smiling Sun network of 134 clinics, run by a pro-poor, independent social business company, Surjer Hashi Network (SHN), which has made primary health services available to millions of Bangladeshis.  

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Last updated: May 18, 2020

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