Children of Bangladesh
A task of the Bangladesh Development
Research Center (BDRC)
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Ten Facts
about Children in Bangladesh
Fact 1
. . .
There are 51.3 million children (ages 0-14 years) living in Bangladesh,
of which 24.9 million are girls and 26.4 million are boys.
Source: 2008 estimate of CIA World Fact Book
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Fact 3

500,000 to 2 million children live as street children in Bangladesh.

Note: The range reflects uncertainties related to lacks of birth registration and different
definitions of street children.
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Fact 7

Children were the highest casualties of Cyclone Sidr.
Aid agencies have put the total death count at over 5,000 – more than half being children.
An estimated 400,000 children under the age of five have been affected by the fatal storm
in Bangladesh, with many drowning or being injured by falling trees.
Fact 8
There were about 4.3 million children born in
2007 in Bangladesh, of which about 211,000
(4.8%) have died within the first 12 months
after birth. Based on current trends, an
additional 435,000 children will die between
age 1 and age 5.
Fact 9
There were about 2.1 million girls born in
2007 in Bangladesh, of which about
115,000 (5.5%) have died within the first 12
months after birth. Based on current trends,
an additional 235,000 girls will die between
age 1 and age 5.
Fact 10
There were about 2.2 million boys born in
2007 in Bangladesh, of which about
101,000 (4.5%) have died within the first 12
months after birth. Based on current trends,
an additional 200,000 boys will die between
age 1 and age 5.
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Source for Facts 8 to 10:
Calculations by BDRC staff based on data trends provided in the World Bank’s 2008
World Development Indicators database, taking expected improvements in infant and
child mortality into account. Some other sources (like the CIA World Fact Book) provide
less optimistic estimates.
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