Bangladesh Program Updates

Last updated: August 06, 2020

August 6, 2020

Parvin Akter was born in 2002 into a poor family in Cox’s Bazar.  Pressured by poverty, Parvin’s mother sold her to a couple with two other daughters.  Parvin was studious and disciplined, but economic hardship ended her education in class five.  As she grew older and more independent, her foster father started abusing her mentally, treating her as a second-class family member, blaming her for their economic difficulties, and dehumanizing her.  Eventually, he decided to marry her off to a man from Kazi Para, a village in Cox’s Bazar when she was just 15. 

July 28, 2020

Saiful Islam lost everything.  Now he works to keep others safe in a time of crisis in Bangladesh.  Since 2014, the USAID/Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-in-Persons activity has given more than 2,890 trafficking survivors a place to heal and start a new life.  More than 25,260 migrants have learned about their rights, and almost 5,000 persons at risk of trafficking have been given the information they need to stay safe. 

Ambassador Earl R. Miller visited the 250-bed Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital in Shyamoli, Dhaka to observe how U.S. government-provided GeneXpert machines can detect COVID-19 within 45 minutes and handed over equipment to improve diagnosis of multi-drug resistant TB)
July 27, 2020

On July 27, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller visited the 250-bed Tuberculosis Hospital in Shyamoli, Dhaka, to observe how U.S. government-provided GeneXpert machines can detect COVID-19 within 45 minutes and handed over equipment to improve diagnosis of multi-drug resistant TB.

U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller (center) visits families in Kalyanpur Bosti receiving food assistance through a new U.S. government program funded by USAID.
July 23, 2020

On July 23, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller visited and interacted with families in Kalyanpur Bosti receiving food assistance through a new U.S. government program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Ambassador Miller, joined by Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam, observed program staff preparing food baskets for delivery and spoke with people purchasing fresh vegetables at a local shop using the program’s cash transfers.

USAID releases a song entitled “Joy Hobe” to recognize and thank frontline workers who deliver essential services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 20, 2020

Today, the U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), released a song entitled “Joy Hobe” to recognize and thank frontline workers who deliver essential services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the outbreak in March, Bangladeshi frontline workers have been working tirelessly round the clock and risking their own lives, helping people to stay home and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.  This USAID-funded initiative was undertaken by ABC Radio (FM 89.2) as a tribute to these real-life superheroes.

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