Bangladesh: Annual Appeal No. MAABD001 2008-2009


This appeal seeks CHF 5,998,776 (USD 5.36 million or EUR 3.64 million) to fund the planned programmes to be implemented in 2008-2009. The overall budget is CHF 5,998,776 (USD 5.36 million or EUR 3.64 million).

This appeal document sets out briefly the main outcomes the programmes seek to achieve over the next two years. More detailed information is provided in the 2008-2009 Programme Support Plan and Summary Matrix.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

Current context

Bangladesh's geographical location makes it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, especially affected by floods, waterlogging and cyclones as well as earthquakes, droughts and cold weather. The country's population density and high levels of poverty increase people's vulnerability to natural hazards and public health emergencies, which in turn poses a serious threat to Bangladesh's economic development.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) programme support plan for 2008-2009 has been developed to provide needs-based services to approximately 2,524,150 beneficiaries, most who living below the poverty line in disaster prone areas. This will include male and female beneficiaries of all ages, from different ethnic backgrounds and refugee groups. The programme rests on the strong foundation of the national society's large volunteer base - approximately 300,000 members and volunteers in 68 units across the country. A Federation delegation in the country supports the national society's initiatives with capacity building and technical advice.

Contact information

In Dhaka: Shafiul Alam, Secretary General, BDRCS; email:; phone/fax: +88.02.935.2226

In Dhaka: Selvaratnam Sinnadurai, Head of delegation, Federation delegation in Bangladesh; email:; phone: +88.02.933.7314; fax: +88.02.934.1631

In Delhi: Al Panico, Head of regional office, Regional delegation; email:; phone: +91.11.2411.11 25; fax: +91.11.2411.1128

In Kuala Lumpur: Jagan Chapagain, Deputy head of Zone; email:; phone: +603.2161.0892; fax: + 603.2161.1210; mobile: +

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering quality and accountable assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at

MAP - Reference map of Bangladesh