“The people of Bangladesh need services at the community level,” explains Salma Khatun, an assistant professor of reproductive health who has been deputized by the government’s Directorate of Nursing Services.
By 2015, UNICEF plans to support the upgrading of SCANUs in nine more hospitals in managing sick newborns.
The children, ranging in age from 1 day to 3 1/2 years old, had been admitted with a variety of ailments, including malnutrition, infections and pneumonia.
“through our work and other organizations, and the government, people now have a strong belief that there is a way out, if you act quickly.”
Expertise from the UK’s TV hit Call the Midwife is helping people in Bangladesh to break the taboo and improve the health of mothers and babies.
In Bangladesh only 27 percent of pregnant women have access to highly trained birth attendants. These teen volunteers are trained to meet pregnant women in their communities and connect them to the most basic medical resources and information
“It is not that women don’t understand the value of breastfeeding. Surveys repeatedly show that new mothers across many countries know that breast is best for babies.”
Maternal micronutrient supplementation is able to reduce preterm births and low birth weights, according to a study involving over 44,000 Bangladeshi pregnancies.
Experts from World Health Organisation (WHO) and Saving Newborn Lives initiative of Save the Children have recommended the following actions for proper postnatal care.
Dr Rubayet further said breastfeeding immediately after birth and exclusive breastfeeding for six months after birth, basic care for infections, and easing breathing difficulties could reduce such deaths by over three-quarters.