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Saturday, October 13, 2007

How to help Bangladesh?

My negative predictions about Bangladesh's feature may come true. Below are figures for population and population density.

2007 estimate: 150,448,340[1] (7th)
2001 census: 129,247,2331
Density 1045 /km² (11th)2,706 /sq mi

Bangladeshi government is much maligned but, compared with African states they are actually doing all they can, and as fast as they can, but the internal resources of the country are limited to agriculture. It posesses none of Indian greatness, but all of its revolting poverty. angladeshlis also championed microredits on the massive scale to improve the lot of the poor - so there is an attempt on all level to uplift and educate. But there a precious little they one can do in the area so prone to flooding and disease as a result, amongst more perennial factors, of Global Warming's effects on rising water levels. Hundred million people suffer and suffer even more without an access to sanitation and clean water. Just for reminder a giant cyclone of 1991 claimed lives of 136,000 people. Any future catastrophe, will have even greater impact, which is even hard to comprehend now. A country removal project, anyone?

This is what Wikipedia has to say:

Health and education levels have recently improved as poverty levels have ecreased. Nevertheless, Bangladesh remains among the poorest nations in the world. Most Bangladeshis are rural, living on subsistence farming. Nearly half of the population lives on less than 1 USD per day.[53] Health problems abound, ranging from surface water contamination, to arsenic in the groundwater,[54] and diseases including malaria, leptospirosis and dengue. The literacy rate in Bangladesh is approximately 41%.[55] There is gender disparity, though, as literacy rates are 50% among men and 31% among women, according to a 2004 UNICEF estimate.[56] Literacy has gone up due to many programs introduced in the country. Among the most successful ones are the Food for education (FFE) program introduced in 1993,[57] and a stipend program for women at the primary and secondary levels.[58]

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