Health and Nutrition
As SHED started its initial operation for providing basic health and nutrition support to disadvantaged poor people of Teknaf in 1989, the organization gained high level expertise in Health and Nutrition sector by implementing huge number of projects in the last 31 years of partnership with government, and different International and National NGOs. SHED has proven its capacity in managing health facilities with adequate technical expertise, such as Doctors, Nurse and Paramedics with very efficient managerial capacity both for program and supplies. Presently SHED is serving curative and preventing services in the host communities (Ukhiya and Teknaf) and camp set up (Rohingya refugees) to prevent malnutrition in children, pregnant women, lactating women, and adolescents.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)
Due to poverty, lack of education and ignorance regarding hygiene, major portion of rural people of cox’s Bazar and Chittagong region have been suffering from water, sanitation and hygiene for a long time. As a result, outbreak of water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera etc. was reported to kill enormous people in this region. With the successful strategies and programs of government and NGOs, the region has achieved tremendous success in having safe water supply and sanitation facilities over the two last decades. SHED is one of the renowned NGOs of the region that has been working for providing safe water, healthy sanitation and hygiene infrastructure development and awareness raising through different projects in partnership with UN agencies and International NGOs since its inception.
Food Security, Livelihood and Social Cohesion
Food Security, Livelihood and Social Cohesion (FSLSC) is another sector in which SHED has been contributing towards transformation of life, livelihood and social bonding of resource poor of Cox’s Bazar district for last two and a half decades. SHED’s management and senior staff members are familiar with the social, cultural and geographical and economical condition of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong region and its surrounding area as some of them are local inhabitant and some are working in this region for many years. This knowledge based advantage of SHED is a key privilege in effective and efficient implementation of FSLSC related projects since such type of projects require in depth local knowledge of livelihood, culture of project beneficiaries and their bio-physical environment.
In its 31 years’ service towards the under privileged and resource poor of Cox’s Bazar, SHED has successfully implemented 15 FSLSC related projects in partnership with different ministries, International NGOs and UN agencies.
Energy, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction
Energy, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is another sector in which SHED has gained its reputation as an ‘effective local implementer’ in the last two decades. In its three decades journey, SHED has implemented a number of projects related to energy, environment and DRR in partnership different development partners. SHED proves its efficiency and effectiveness in quality implementation of different projects for disaster preparedness and risk reduction in the coastal and vulnerable upazilas of Cox’s Bazar in partnership with different International NGOs. SHED’s endeavors through forest co-management projects rendered immense benefits in forest conservation and environmental amelioration in the region
OUR INVOLVEMENT IN ROHINGYA REFUGEE INFLUX RESPONSE
With the earlier migrated Rohingya Refugees in 90s, now Bangladesh is hosting about a million of Rohingya Refugees in hilly terrain of Ukhiya and Teknaf at Cox’s Bazar – the southernmost district of the country, sitting at the edge of the Bay of Bengal.
The refugee influx has affected the life and livelihood of the host community of Cox’s Bazar district. Most of the local inhabitants of this area are resource poor who depend on the natural resources, such as Forest and Sea for their basic livelihood. The emergency is putting immense pressure on scarce natural resources in the area, resulting in degraded natural forests, barren hills and an emerging water crisis. Clearance of forest cover in the upstream for creating the camps has resulted siltation in the down streams, canals and agricultural field. As a result, water scarcity and gradual reduction of agricultural production has been predicted in the area. Moreover, host communities are suffering from price hike of daily necessities due to an added demand of about one million refugees.