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April 20, 2021

Strategically located in South Asia, Bangladesh is a key Indo-Pacific partner with huge development potential. In recent decades, it has experienced consistent economic growth, made impressive gains in educational attainment and health, and hosted a vibrant civil society. Bangladesh also faces formidable challenges. The country’s journey to self-reliance is impeded by vulnerable topography, exclusionary practices that prevent many Bangladeshis from participating fully in the country’s economic and civic life, and pervasive corruption.

October 15, 2020

Bangladesh is prone to frequent tropical cyclones that form in the Bay of Bengal, affecting mainly the coastal regions of the country. The latest was the powerful Cyclone Amphan that made landfall in May 2020, causing widespread damage and disruption for 2.6 million people across 19 districts. To their great credit, the people of Bangladesh have learned a great deal about handling the threat of cyclones and have taken action through cyclone preparedness, enhanced hazard early warning systems, and resilient infrastructure where people can confidently seek refuge and weather the storms.

USAID Mission Director Derrick S. Brown (right) during his visit to the Sylhet region.
October 6, 2020

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Derrick S. Brown visited the Sylhet region from October 4-6 to observe key USAID activities complementing the Government of Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response efforts. Mission Director Brown also launched USAID’s flagship tuberculosis (TB) activity “Alliance for Combating Tuberculosis in Bangladesh” (ACTB) in Sylhet Division as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to end TB globally.

August 24, 2020

As in countries around the world, Bangladesh’s entire health system is heavily occupied in meeting the rising demand of health services for COVID-19 patients, and continuing to provide emergency medical services.  There is also a decline in demand in seeking health care services from general patients, fearing exposure to COVID-19.  The question remains—what should expectant mothers do in such a scenario?  Do they still go to healthcare centers for their check-ups and deliveries?

August 17, 2020

Standing their ground against the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh’s midwives and other health workers are going the extra mile to care for people and protect and save lives.  One young champion is 24-year-old Shilpi Rani Bormon.  She has been working as a midwife in the remote Char Chandia Union Health and Family Welfare Center in Feni District’s Sonagazi upazila since 2019.  Every day, she risks becoming infected and continues to provide health services. 

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Last updated: April 20, 2021

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