Nearly 44 million schoolchildren in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1st January 2018 celebrated the Textbook Festival receiving books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the New Year joining the festivity at schools and madrasas across the country. Photo Credit: NurPhoto via Gettz Images

Society Bangladesh6. July 2021

Life (in Every Aspect) Has Improved in This Country

Statistics over the last three decades are showing just how much Bangladesh has progressed economically – with 24 million people lifted out of poverty! – as well as on the human development front.

Over the years, access to basic social services – like pregnancy and childbirth care, family planning, and women’s education – has greatly improved in Bangladesh. Human development-friendly policies have also been implemented, and the income per capita has increased seven-fold between 1991 and 2019, with the National Social Security Strategy addressing major issues such as poverty, vulnerability, and marginalization.

Life expectancy in the country has risen to 73 years, the under-five mortality rate per 1,000 births has shot down, and school dropout rates went from 50% in 2005 to less than 18% in 2019. Every category – from underweight children incidents to adult literacy to net primary enrollment – prove to have improved over the last three decades.

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