- Bangladesh has made substantial progress in reducing poverty, supported by sustained economic growth. However, the country has considerable hidden urbanization that is not captured on official definitions and statistics. An undercounted rural-but-urbanizing dense population as such poses significant risk of epidemic outbreaks.
- More than 900,000 Rohingya refugees are in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh’s southern tip – adding to an already displaced population to make it the largest refugee camp in the world.
- UMR Bangladesh envisions future refugees and native communities in Bangladesh are able to live with dignity and to be resilient/self-reliant through three country-specific priorities: (a) disease prevention in high-density populations with high risk of epidemic, (b) overcoming barriers to access in remote and rural populations, and (c) rapid but sustainable interventions for vulnerable refugee populations.