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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 162,221,000 (2009)
National language: Bangla (also known as Bengali), widespread English
Per capita income: US$ 590 (2009)
Life expectancy: 67 years (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
80% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
53% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 52/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Bangladesh, located in Southeast Asia, is slightly smaller than the state of Iowa. It has coastline on the Indian Ocean and is bordered on three sides by India. Every year, the Ganges River and other major rivers flood during the rainy season, inundating one-third of the country and causing a host of health and economic problems.

Nearly two-thirds of Bangladesh's population is employed in agriculture, predominately in the production of rice in the country’s many flood plains. Cotton textiles and products made from jute (a cotton-like plant), as well as tea and seafood are the country’s main exports.

We partner with 30 national and local non-governmental organizations, and together our work benefits more than 3,500,000 people. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.