With 189 member countries, staff inspection of children of early age more 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. The World Bank Group works in every major area of development. We provide a wide array of financial products and technical assistance, and we help countries share and apply innovative knowledge and solutions to the challenges they face. We face big challenges to help the world’s poorest people and ensure that everyone sees benefits from economic growth.
Data and research help us understand these challenges and set priorities, share knowledge of what works, and measure progress. Proper nutrition and stimulation are essential during the first years of life for children to develop healthy minds and bodies. While many programs address malnutrition, efforts to promote early childhood stimulation and learning have been a greater challenge because of the costs and the difficulty in reaching pregnant women and mothers of children younger than three years old. Many of Bangladesh’s 61 million children suffer from malnutrition and lack appropriate stimulation and early learning opportunities.