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Bangladesh: Facts and figures for 2013

18-03-2014 Facts and Figures

A round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Bangladesh in 2013.

Assistance for people affected by violence

  • Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, provided food and household supplies to 456 families affected by politically motivated violence in four districts of the country.
  • Carried out an economic security assessment, in cooperation with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, in two Chittagong Hill Tracts Districts to identify potential livelihood needs of the local communities.

Restoring contact between family members and tracing missing persons

  • Collected and distributed 325 Red Cross messages containing family news, working in conjunction with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.
  • Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, facilitated the exchange of 115 messages between Bangladeshis detained abroad and their families back home.
  • Assisted with the repatriation of four Bangladeshi nationals from abroad.
  • Conducted six training sessions for first responders (including an Islamic charity organization) and one round table, in cooperation with the national authorities, on the management of dead bodies in the wake of disaster.
  • Provided 1,160 dead body bags to first responders involved in emergency response following Rana Plaza building collapse.

Detainee welfare

  • Worked with the Bangladesh Red Crescent to distribute clothing and hygiene items to more than 500 foreign detainees in Bangladesh.

Supporting health care and physical rehabilitation

  • Provided training and technical assistance to the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Savar and Chittagong, helping the centre provide 480 orthotic devices and 150 prostheses for 630 people with disabilities.
  • Organized three sessions on physical rehabilitation for 57 health professionals, including doctors, senior officials of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and representatives of disabled people's organizations and NGOs.  
  • Worked with the Bangladesh Red Crescent to provide a basic first-aid training course and a train-the-trainers course for 24 Bangladesh Police Service officers and Ansar & Village Defence Party members.
  • Supported the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in running a medical camp at the Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims, where 2,270 patients were provided outdoor medical service.
  • Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent, organized four basic first-aid training courses for 98 student political activists belonging to nine political parties in Chittagong and Cox's Bazaar.

Support for the Bangladesh Red Crescent

  • Supported the Bangladesh Red Crescent in providing first aid and emergency evacuation services to 66 people injured in politically motivated violence in Dhaka and Chittagong.
  • Helped the Bangladesh Red Crescent carry out eight awareness-raising campaigns to end misuse of the red crescent emblem, and conducted a workshop to discuss possible Red Cross Red Crescent activities in situations of communal or politically motivated violence in Bangladesh.
  • Conducted a workshop for 30 staff and volunteers of the Bangladesh Red Crescent on the "safer access" framework, which makes emergency care available in situations of violence
  • Conducted two orientation sessions on dead body management, restoring contact between family members and safeguarding health care for 70 staff and volunteers of the Bangladesh Red Crescent.
  • Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other partners from within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, organized a press conference, relay race, rally, street display and lighting to celebrate 150 years of humanitarian activities.

Promotion and implementation of international humanitarian law

  • Supported the efforts of the Bangladeshi government to set up a national committee on international humanitarian law and to adhere to international treaties such as the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Organized a regional training course on international humanitarian law, which was attended by 49 government officials and academics from South Asia and Iran.
  • Organized sessions to raise awareness of international humanitarian law and international human rights law for over 1,100 armed forces personnel, two train-the-trainers courses for 40 armed forces personnel and two such courses for 60 members of Border Guard Bangladesh.
  • Conducted five pre-deployment briefing sessions for 285 armed forces personnel set to be deployed in UN peace-support operations overseas.
  • Organized training sessions on international humanitarian law and international human rights law, emphasizing the basic principles governing the use of force and firearms, for over 1,000 law enforcement officers of the Bangladesh Police Service, Rapid Action Battalion and Ansar & Village Defence Party, plus two such sessions for 60 members of Border Guard Bangladesh.
  • Ran a teacher-training programme for 45 educators, and sponsored the attendance of five participants at a regional training session on international humanitarian law.
  • Organized a national moot-court competition and sponsored the attendance of the winning team at a regional competition.
  • Organized three sessions to raise awareness of international humanitarian law among Madrasa (religious) teachers.
  • Collaborated with the only public Islamic University in Bangladesh to publish a reference book on Islam and international humanitarian law.