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Handicap International has been working in Bangladesh since 1997 to ensure that people with disabilities are integrated into society and that their rights are upheld. 


Handicap International has been working in Bangladesh since 1997 to ensure that people with disabilities are integrated into society and that their rights are upheld. 
Handicap International has been working in Bangladesh since 1997 to ensure that people with disabilities are integrated into society and that their rights are upheld. 

Our actions

Handicap International works in Bangladesh to encourage the inclusion of the most vulnerable by supporting access to services (notably rehabilitation and economic inclusion) for all people with disabilities, wherever this is possible. The organisation is particularly active in the areas of physical rehabilitation and providing access to high quality mobility aids in the remotest parts of the country.

Children with disabilities remain one of the most marginalised groups in the country and very few attend school. As an invisible and stigmatised group, they are more exposed to abuse, exploitation and negligence. In order to make them more visible and improve their living conditions, Handicap International is promoting their access to education by facilitating their enrolment and providing them with school equipment. The organisation also trains teachers to use adapted educational tools which enable children with disabilities to follow lessons. Handicap International also organises sports and leisure activities to promote their well-being and inclusion in society.

The organisation takes action to ensure that adults with disabilities have access to rehabilitation care and are able to do work which gives them financial independence and means they are better accepted within their communities. This work lifts households out of, often very extreme, poverty.

Handicap International notably works with two camps of Rohingya refugees (an ethnic group from Myanmar). The organisation ensures people with disabilities living in the camps and neighbouring villages receive rehabilitation care, while also encouraging their social and economic inclusion.

The country is experiencing positive, continuous, but unequal growth, often to the detriment of worker safety, particularly in the textiles sector. The tragic collapse of a nine-floor production factory, Rana Plaza, in April 2013, leaving 2,000 injured and a thousand dead, illustrates the negligence of some private entrepreneurs. Handicap International has supported people with disabilities in the wake of this tragedy by providing therapeutic support and facilitating access to employment.

Every year, the people of Bangladesh are affected by major natural disasters. The first victims include people who are vulnerable due to a disability or their age. When carrying out its disaster management and risk reduction work, Handicap International ensures that the most vulnerable people are included in local relief efforts.

Finally, Handicap International provides information on disability to different actors (political leaders, researchers, students, people with disabilities etc.) in accessible and practical forms to promote the rights of people with disabilities. To this end, the organisation provides support for a disability resource centre and is encouraging the establishment of an online network accessible to everyone.

Change a life


Bangladesh is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.

Bangladesh is located in South Asia, it is surrounded by the mighty India to the east and west and has a shared border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the south. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Is is estimated that more than 49.6% of its population lives below the poverty threshold (less than $1.25 a day).[1] Its population density is one of the highest in the world with 1,218 inhabitants/km².[2]

Despite strong growth, significant inequality persists. Economic growth is held back by recurrent natural disasters (cyclones and devastating floods), monsoons (five months per year), and internal factors (corruption, weak infrastructure, etc.). Every year, between 50 and 70% of the land is submerged under water, swallowing harvests, homes and livestock.

Around 30,000 NGOs work in the country in a wide range of fields, including social development, education, rights, microcredit, health and legal issues. Among these NGOs, around 300 work with people with disabilities. Most of these are very small organisations of local people with disabilities, and often have a very limited reach. One of Handicap International's key actions in Bangladesh, therefore, consists of building the capacities of these disabled people’s organisations.

[1]Source: UNDP, Human Development Report 2014.

[2]Source: World Bank 2014

Key figures Bangladesh - Handicap International
Key figures Bangladesh - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS


  • Improving the quality of life of people living in refugee camps in Rohingya and surrounding host communities in Bangladesh
    Mainstream development organizations

    Social and economic empowerment of people with disabilities living in poverty
    DPOs and mainstream development organizations

    Improving the lives of children and youths with disabilities through sport for development

    Setting up an internet information network on disability and an information resource centre
    CSID: Centre for Services and Information on Disability

    Disaster risk management
    ActionAid, Oxfam GB, Concern World Wide, Concern Universal, Plan International, Islamic Relief, CARE