Our countries

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is home to over 166 million people. Children make up one third of the population. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Bangladesh has made major progress and experienced rapid economic growth, but still faces challenges. It is extremely vulnerable to climate change, due to location and low elevation.

One in three children in Bangladesh is stunted, and in the poverty-stricken areas where we work, this is even higher. People often lack access to basic services.

We began in Bangladesh in 2005, establishing an office in 2012. We selected Bangladesh because of the high need and potential for return on investment; great impact with minimal cost per child.

  • Total population 166 M
  • GDP (current in $) 378
  • Stunting rates 34%
  • <5 mortality rate
    (per 1,000 live births)
    30.8

Our impact in Bangladesh

  • Municipalities activated 62
  • People reached 500,000
  • Children under five reached 250,000
  • People with safe water 100,000
  • People with improved sanitation 30,000
  • Children under five monitored on growth 24,000
  • Pregnant women received pre- & postnatal care 2,500
  • Entrepreneurs trained 500+

Team Bangladesh

Riad Mahmud Director
Maartje Pronk Business Development Manager
Kazal Adihul Senior Programme Manager
Jamal Hossain Administration and Finance
Mohammad Irfan Program Manager
Masadul Alam MIS specialist
Faisal Ahmed Governance and Capacity Building Specialist
Md Amad Uddin Operations and Admin Officer
Babul Shaikh WASH and Health Behaviour Change Specialist
Amal Kumar Accounts and Admin Officer
Sohel Mahmud Monitoring Officer
Rafi Irtiza Rasa System Development Engineer
Amir Hossain Monitoring Officer
A.K.M Rafiqul Islam WASH and Health Behaviour Change Specialist
Tanjila Ahmed Accounts Officer
Most. Sumaiya Khatun Call Centre Agent
Satabdi Roy Call Centre Agent
Mst. Doly Khatun Call Centre Agent
Hasanul Musaddek Project Finance Manager
Basu Deb Saha Monitoring Officer
Shahlin Hossain Advisor and HRM manager

The year that changed everything

Suisaya's story Expand article

Suisaya is in class four of the Yangsa School in Golkhali (Bangladesh). One year ago, there were no water and sanitation facilities at her school. She did not have anything to drink all day and when she had to go to the toilet, she walked into the field. As a girl, she always felt vulnerable. Max Foundation worked with school management to fix this.

Now, there is a water well in the school yard and separate latrines for girls and boys. Since then, children at her school suffer less from diarrhoea. Hygiene education also contributed: all children learned to wash their hands after visiting the toilets.

When we ask Suisaya about this, she says with a big smile: “I wash my hands when I have visited the latrine. You get ill if you don’t. I like to wash my hands.”

Growing out of stunting, step by step

Jibon's story Expand article

Jibon is the youngest of three brothers living in the north-east of Bangladesh. His mother has her hands full running the household and looking after her children. Jibon’s father leaves the house early in the morning to seek work. As a day laborer, he has a hard time providing for his family. When his parents found out Jibon was severely stunted during a growth monitoring session, they realized they had to improve their baby’s health.

Together with other family members, they improved their hygiene habits to help Jibon grow healthy.

His mother attended courtyard sessions of the community health promoter. There she learned about good sanitation, hygiene and nutrition habits. Jibon loves to eat foods like eggs, milk, and khichuri, which have high nutritional value. Jibon’s health is gradually improving, from severely to moderately stunted, and on the right track.

Jibon’s parents saved money to build a latrine. Later on, the family invested in a handwashing device and soap. These healthy practices improved the well-being of the whole family.

Bangladesh news

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Max Foundation innovations

as local government 'Best Practices'

Local government has chosen to feature 10 of Max Foundation's innovations in their "Best Practice compendium", mainstreaming them on a local government level.

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Government officials

visit Healthy Village

In October, district level government officials visited a declared Healthy Village in Satkhira district in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi Newspaper 'The Editor' wrote an article about it! Read the translation below.

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Max Foundation Bangladesh

wins prestigious award

Max Foundation Bangladesh wins a prestigious award at the Project Management Symposium and Excellence Awards for the Healthy Village Programme.

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Max Foundation

Autumn Newsletter

Read all about the South2 South learning sessions we've been having for our Healthy Village Approach, updates on some of the events we presented at over the summer, an introduction to the full team in Ethiopia, and more.

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Meet

Champa Begum

Meet Champa Begum who has started to cultivate a homestead garden full of nutricious foods - for her and her family to eat, but also to sell at the local market

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Max TapWater and the Delta Plan:

an interview with Riad

Riad Mahmud, Max Foundation Bangladesh Director, was interviewed by Joep Janssen from the Nextblue platform

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Max TapWater wins

Energy Globe Award

Max Foundation's business spin-off Max TapWater wins the national nomination for the Energy Globe Award

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Max strategy

The 4 strategic pillars of Max Foundation Bangladesh are:
1.

Implement integrated WASH, nutrition and care programmes (Healthy Village approach) to tackle stunting and disease

2.

Influence stakeholders to maximise impact on child health

3.

Entrepreneurial, stimulating businesses to ensure sustainable impact

4.

Innovation and being data-driven to (im)prove, continuously learn and drive decision-making.

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