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Bangladesh

In Bangladesh we also reach persons with disabilities in remote areas

Rehabilitation in remote areas

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Its extremely high population density results in scarcity of resources. As many as 49% of the rural population live in poverty. Although everyone is nominally entitled to free healthcare, only 45% of the populationa are actually able to access it. In some remote areas there are no local medical facilities at all. Nine million people with disabilities, however, constitute a significant part of the population.

Light for the World offers rehabilitation services to people with disabilities who live in hard-to-reach areas. Our medical team visits remote communities by boat and bus. In the areas we serve, local partner organisations are also trained in disseminating information and providing aftercare.

Poverty reduction, food security, and gender equality

An exemplary food security project which improved the livelihood of 40.000 ultra-poor women with disabilities in Gaibandha was successfully concluded in 2013, and its results and learnings were published. The project highlights Light for the World's modus operandi in implementingthe United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, and 5 (No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health & Wellbeing, Gender Equality) all at once by targetting the most economically deprived as well as the most difficult to reach socio-economic groups.

Bangladesh
Map: Bangladesh
  • Area: 147,570 km2
  • Population: 156.6 million
  • Life expectancy: 70.7 years
  • Ophthalmologists 1,000

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