Mother & Child Health
Due to lack of adequate facilities and skilled health care workers, antenatal check-ups are not properly undertaken.
Satkhira District is well known as a disaster prone area of Bangladesh. Tidal surges, river erosion and tornadoes are common phenomenon in this area. All these instances make the project area more vulnerable to undertake community health care programmes particularly maternal health including antenatal care, delivery care and post-natal care. Besides these instances, gender discrimination in the project area also makes “women’s health” more prone to disease and death.
The total population of the project area is 118,674, among them, 63,047 are male and 55,627 are female. Among the females 2,458 (4.41%) are pregnant women. The maternal mortality rate is 3.5% /1000 live births. Infant mortality rate (IMR) is 54%/1000 live births. About 60% of women are delivering low birth weight babies (LBW) in the project area. This is one of the prime causes of high infant mortality rate in the project area. Delivery conducted by trained TBA is only 8% and institutional delivery is 11% in the project area. Almost all the deliveries are being conducting at household level by untrained TBAs and close relatives.
Due to the lack of adequate facilities and skilled health care workers, antenatal check-ups are not properly undertaken in the project area. There are no adequate health facilities with the required equipment or MSRs for providing maternal health care to pregnant women. Besides, there is a general lack of knowledge regarding maternal health.