Recently, Bangladesh has been under the spotlight in international news, regarding poverty, labor and women rights, and natural disasters. With all these tragic events, many international organizations have newly focused their aid efforts on helping people in Bangladesh. PCI, however, has been working in Bangladesh since 2009 to help combat poverty.

Nearly half of Bangladesh’s population lives below the poverty line and the alarming number of families that live in poverty results in high rates of malnutrition among children, the lack of food security, and the poor distribution of health and hygiene services. To combat all of these matters related to the poverty that many face, PCI implemented its Program for Strengthening Household Access to Resources (PROSHAR).

PROSHAR helps increase the income of the poor by providing trainings that help farmers improve agricultural practices and technologies to gain a better understanding of and linkage to profitable domestic and international markets. PROSHAR also addresses maternal and child health issues by expanding integrated clinical health services and providing nutritional supplementation for newborns and pregnant or new mothers. In keeping with its traditional community based interventions, PCI also provides education on good nutrition practices to ensure long term improvements in health and community development.

Most importantly by reinforcing the efforts by the Bangladesh government to mainstream disaster risk management into development efforts and address long term trends, as well as training local communities effective emergency disaster response, PROSHAR increases the ability for Bangladesh’s population to deal with the long-term effects of natural disaster. This is crucial as climate change trends are making Bangladesh at more risk for natural disasters.