As you might know, 9 in 10 women in southern Bangladesh give birth at home, without any access to trained medical help. If something goes wrong during labor, a woman is at critical risk for developing a serious injury, or death.
Injuries like these are preventable, but the health situation in Bangladesh is dire, with a ratio of only 3 doctors and 1 nurse available for every 10,000 people. Compounding this problem, 1 in 4 Bangladeshis live below the poverty line, and 70 percent of this population resides in rural areas. Many cannot afford health care, let alone transportation to reach it.
At our HOPE hospital, we provide free SAFE deliveries to those mothers who otherwise can not afford it. We are able to do so, because of generous people like you believing in our activities.
Last week we opened the second Operation Theater. Now the number of c-section & general patients will increase and we appreciate your support more than ever because it is what make our activities possible.
Thank you again, we are putting your gift right to work.
Thank you for your support in providing safe delivery for rural mothers in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
We are excited to announce that due to a successful project whereby we were able to increase the amount of pregnant mothers who receive antenatal care and those who chose a skilled attendant for her delivery, we opened 5 HOPE Maternity Care Corner.
This Centers are 24 hours on call, providing: pregnant women enrollment, counseling on dos and don'ts of pregnancy and postpartum period, providing supplementation, ANC visit scheduling and calling patients for follow-up and visit reminders.
All of these activities, particularly receiving proper education on safe delivery and care for themselves and their newborns, all encourage the utilization of a trained medical professional for delivery. Particularly, if the expectant mother receives an ultrasound during her antenatal care checks and it denotes that she is bearing a high-risk pregnancy, the mother is much more likely to make the critical decision to receive the care she needs in a medical facility such as HOPE hospital.
For those mothers who cannot afford the care she requires for a safe delivery, we turn to supporters like you who give her and her baby a fighting chance.
We like to share with you the women you directly support with your contributions.
Kulsuma is 21 years old, Rohingya Refugee and pregnant with her second child.
Kulsuma is ensuring she is protecting herself and her baby against emergencies and creating plans for herself. She has completed her first ANC already. “HOPE is helping me to stay strong and healthy during my pregnancy,” says Kulsuma smilingly.
Her husband was killed before she arrived to the Refugee Camps in Bangladesh, now she is alone with her child.
Kulsuma feels safe with a staff of supportive members and knows she is under excellent care at HOPEs Clinic.
Thank you for supporting women like Kulsuma and ensuring a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and a healthy infant.
Recently, HOPE was fortunate enough to be able to help the Rohingya Refugees Mother opening a Health Camp in the Camps. which are essential for a safe and sanitary birth for both the mother and child. These kits are particularly helpful in settings where there is no skilled attendant present, but are also useful in remote, rural hospitals such as HOPE Hospital. Here at HOPE, we are aware that many mothers will not come to the hospital for delivery or have a skilled professional in attendance at their birth. This is unfortunate, however, we are realistic and know that many mothers are still delivering at home. That being said, we are asking mothers who are delivering at our hospital to help us spread the message. We are using the clean birth kits at the hospital during deliveries so the mother can see the benefits of the kits, and then asking the mother to take a kit back to her community to show other mothers how it is used. We want mothers to demand for themselves a cleaner/safer birth. Word of mouth from women who delivered with the kit is the best way we know how to send the message to them. Thank you for your support in helping us provide safe delivery.
Obstructed labor is a direct cause of Bangladesh's high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. In rural areas, over 90% of women give birth at home, at the hands of untrained birth attendants. HOPE aims to give women with high risk pregnancies, safe delivery to save their and their children's lives.
When expectant mothers do not receive antenatal care, high-risk pregnancies – those at risk for obstructed labor, eclampsia, hypertension or other life-threatening pregnancy conditions – go unidentified, and there is no plan for emergency obstetric care. When high-risk women deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant (SBA), they are at risk for post-partum hemorrhage (PPH), sepsis, obstructed labor, and obstetric fistula, all of which can result in the death of the baby or the mother.
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