While it's decreasing in prevelance through education and social interventions, child marriage still occurs in Bangladesh. With girls getting married as young as 12 years old, many girls become mothers before they are even adults. These girls are at increased risk for complications during pregnancy.
17 year old Shiuly Begum from Goudium village in Mymensingh got married at a very young age. She became pregnant soon after her marriage and didn't know what to do.
A health worker from BRAC visited Shiuly and taught her about care during pregnancy as well as complications and warning signs. BRAC's neonatal health worker visited Shiuly seven times to provide antenatal check-ups during her pregnancy. She also taught Shiuly essential newborn care.
When her labor began, the health worker noticed some complications, and Shiuly was taken to a BRAC health center, where she gave birth through a caesarian section. BRAC helped bear the cost of the surgery by paying TK 3,000 (about $36).
“The health worker from BRAC still visits me for checkup and gives me advice about taking care of the baby," says Shiuly. "I am very grateful to BRAC for all their support.”
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