The need

While Bangladesh has made significant progress in reducing poverty and improving food production, 22 million of its 165 million people continue to live below the poverty line.

Read the Bangladesh Country Brief

Rapid growth enabled Bangladesh to achieve ‘lower middle-income country’ status in 2015, as per the World Bank’s classification.

Despite rigorous development efforts, Bangladesh still suffers from the burden of malnutrition:

  • 36% of children under five are stunted
  • 33% of children under five are underweight
  • 14% of children under five are wasted
  • 24% of pregnant women suffer from anaemia
  • 19% of adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 are malnourished

Our solution

Together, we’re improving women and children’s health through better nutrition.

Nutrition International has been working in Bangladesh since 1995 as a trusted partner in addressing malnutrition through:

  • Improving the health, nutrition, and survival of children under five with:
    • Vitamin A supplementation
    • Zinc and oral rehydration salts for treating diarrhoea
  • Improving the nutrition, health and wellbeing of adolescent girls and women through the promotion of nutritional practices and iron and folic acid supplementation
  • Improving the nutrition, health and survival of pregnant women and newborns with:
    • Iron-folic acid supplementation and antenatal care
    • Enhanced maternal and child nutrition services
  • Improving the nutrition, health, development and productivity of the general population with:
    • Universal salt iodization
    • Rice fortification
  • Contributing to a reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving delivery of basic nutrition and nutrition-sensitive services, increasing consumption and utilization of nutritious foods and supplements, and strengthening governance and social accountability
  • Designing national nutrition plans for delivery across sectors

Our Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) project, which improves the capacity of Scaling Up Nutrition movement countries, has helped:

  • Support the operationalization of Bangladesh’s National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2
  • Strengthen multi-sectoral nutrition monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
  • Formulate the advocacy plan for nutrition aligned with the Social and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy for Bangladesh
  • Build the external communication capacity of the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council
  • Establish a Nutrition Cell in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Contact information

Get in touch.

Country Director, Bangladesh
Saiqa Siraj

Nutrition International Bangladesh

Nasrin Casabella, House 2A, Level 4, North AvenueGulshan-2, Dhaka – 1212, Bangladesh

Telephone: +02 48811546, ext. 101