WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2019) – Reps. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Andy Levin (D-MI) traveled to Bangladesh with CARE to see how very important U.S. investments in combatting malnutrition and stunting are serving to to construct extra resilient and wholesome Bangladeshi and refugee communities. The delegation was hosted by CARE’s Chief Working Officer Tjada McKenna and joined by a congressional staffer and representatives from the Eleanor Criminal Basis, the Middle for Strategic Worldwide Research and Congressional Analysis Service.
With one of many quickest rising economies on the earth, Bangladesh has skilled an unimaginable financial growth in recent times – with a sustained GDP progress fee of six to seven % during the last 10 years. This progress resulted in Bangladesh shifting from low earnings to lower-middle earnings standing in 2015. Lately, Bangladesh has made important progress towards lowering maternal and toddler mortality, reducing charges of poverty and attaining gender parity in major and secondary training. Nevertheless, not all have benefitted from the financial growth of the nation.
Immediately, greater than a 3rd of Bangladeshis are meals insecure – 36 % of youngsters below 5 years of age undergo from continual malnutrition and 14 % of those kids undergo from acute malnutrition and losing. These excessive charges of malnutrition are pushed by quite a few components, together with lack of arable land and extreme local weather occasions, a scarcity of entry to wash water and sanitation and a scarcity dietary training and poor dietary range. As well as, many gender norms are inclined to devalue the well being, training and decision-making energy of ladies and women in Bangladesh. In consequence, adolescent women have the best fee of malnutrition within the nation. The follow of kid marriage is one other compounding issue driving poor vitamin outcomes as properly, as women who are inclined to marry younger usually tend to give beginning to kids with low beginning weight and who will expertise stunting and poor dietary outcomes. Though the speed of early union has declined in recent times, Bangladesh nonetheless has the fourth highest fee of kid marriage on the earth.
All of those strains had been additional compounded in 2017, when Bangladesh obtained one of many largest influxes of refugees on the earth. Inside a span of 5 months on the finish of 2017, greater than 600,000 ethnic Rohingya’s fled horrific violence in Myanmar to hunt safety in southeast Bangladesh. The nation at present hosts almost a million Rohingya refugees, one of many largest refugee populations on the earth, residing amongst 27 camps within the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh. These fleeing violence are a number of the most susceptible to malnutrition, and up to date research have proven that charges of extreme and reasonable acute malnutrition within the camps are nearly 30 %.
“CARE has been working in Bangladesh since 1949 and is proud to be working alongside its folks, different NGO companions, the U.S. authorities and the federal government of Bangladesh to finish poverty and injustice. U.S. assist for this lifesaving work is important and we’re grateful to the Congressmen, our delegation, and our hosts for giving us a have a look at how that help is saving lives and tackling the foundation causes of malnutrition in Bangladesh,” stated Tjada McKenna.
On this week-long Learning Tour, the delegation noticed firsthand the function that U.S. investments have in combating malnutrition in Bangladesh, notably in a fancy refugee setting. The delegation realized how nutrition-specific interventions, within the type of direct therapeutic feeding, are bringing refugee kids again from the brink within the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. The group additionally noticed how multi-sectoral approaches are working to create sustainable features, stop malnutrition and stunting, and construct resilience amongst a number of the most susceptible. The delegation additionally met with Dr. Md Shah Nawaz, Directorate Common of Well being Companies below the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare for Bangladesh, to debate how the Bangladeshi authorities could make extra progress in combatting and stopping extreme acute and continual malnutrition within the nation.
“Bangladesh has come a good distance in recent times in addressing poverty for essentially the most susceptible, however a number of challenges stay, notably round malnutrition.” stated Rep. Dwight Evans. “Over the previous week, I’ve seen how U.S. investments are serving to to deal with these points by bettering vitamin outcomes for refugees and younger kids, empowering girls farmers, and creating financial alternatives for households and native communities in Bangladesh.”
“As a member of the Home International Affairs Committee’s Asia subcommittee, a consultant of a big inhabitants of Bangladeshi-People, and a lifelong human rights activist, there are few locations extra appropriate than Bangladesh for my first journey overseas as a member of Congress,” stated Rep. Andy Levin. “I’m immensely grateful to have had this chance to see firsthand how far U.S. investments can go to construct a safer, extra peaceable, extra simply, and extra affluent world. Most significantly, although, I really feel privileged to have had this opportunity to attach on a private degree with Rohingya refugees. My conversations with them, whereas heartbreaking, spoke to the unimaginable resilience of the human spirit and strengthened my dedication to making sure human rights for them and for all.”
Individuals in CARE’s October 2019 Studying Tour to Bangladesh included:
• Christine Campeau, International Vitamin Coverage Analyst, CARE USA
• Kim Cernak, International Coverage and Advocacy Director, Eleanor Criminal Basis
• Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-03)
• Kimberly Flowers, Director of Humanitarian Agenda & International Meals Safety Challenge, Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research
• Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI-09)
• William Moore, Govt Director, Eleanor Criminal Basis
• Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, Chief Working Officer, CARE USA
• Emily Morgenstern, Analyst in International Help and International Coverage, Congressional Analysis Service
• Catherine Rowland, Legislative Director, Rep. Andy Levin
For extra info on CARE’s Studying Excursions, please go to: www.care.org/LearningTours.
Based in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package deal®, CARE is a number one humanitarian group preventing international poverty. CARE locations particular give attention to working alongside girls and women as a result of, geared up with the right sources, they’ve the ability to carry complete households and full communities out of poverty. That’s why girls and women are on the coronary heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to confront starvation, guarantee vitamin and meals safety for all, enhance training and well being, create financial alternative and reply to emergencies. In 2018, CARE labored in 95 international locations and reached greater than 56 million folks world wide.
Kamille Gardner, +1 202-459-8572, Kamille.Gardner@care.org