These cold-weather diseases added to the region's existing health burdens. Tuberculosis is common here, while each year hundreds of people - predominantly women and children - are killed by cerebral malaria.
WorldShare's Gift of Hope 2007 catalogue, which had been published in the autumn, featured the gift of blankets and malaria nets for Bangladesh.
Every Gift of Hope project seeks to meet people at their point of need. This one was to prove especially apt, meeting need in an emergency situation that was about to unfold.
The goal of the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship was to distribute 2,000 mosquito nets and 2,000 warm blankets among 2,000 families in their care.
Bundles of clothing were also given to victims of the cold, with special emphasis on saving the lives of the elderly and children.
"We were so thankful to you for your generous support," reported our local partners in Bangladesh.
But what is the need there now, in winters that are not so cold, or during the floods that regularly hit Bangladesh, or the scorching summers?
"A big number of people live in the hill regions,” say our partners, “and we still need more mosquito nets to safeguard them in this malaria-prone area."