There is a touch of development in the health sector of Bangladesh, but development has not been yet reached in the majority chars and remotest areas of many districts. In most of the cases till date complete healthcare facilities are not available in the community clinics as required. The char areas are the most vulnerable in his regard surrounded with various irregularities. Regarding health services chars of Erendabari, Gaibandha is one of the most notable area which deprived from basic health services. Last three years’ foundation has the opportunity to work in the area closely along with numbers of projects and from that point of view it has identified the facts.
The “Report on Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics (SVRS) 2020” published by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics shows that the infant mortality rate of infants under 1 year of age is 21 per thousand live births. Neonatal Mortality Rate is 15 per 1,000 live births. The post-neonatal mortality rate for children aged 1 month to 11 months is 6 per thousand live births. Maternal Mortality Rate is also 1.38 per 1,000 live births in rural areas and 1.6 per thousand live births.
Why Erendabari Gaibandha?
As it is very difficult to reach healthcare in Gaibandha’s Erendabari Union Char areas, the people here usually deal the maternal delivery activities through incompetent midwives. Since the midwives are not well trained and equipped, in majority cases there is a high risk of bleeding and complications during delivery time. As a result, the lives of both mothers and children who are at serious risk.
KKF in a joint collaboration with Give Bangladesh Foundation is implementing its new program named Project Safe Motherhood, to reduce maternal and child mortality through trained midwives.
Foundation believes that these skilled midwives will play the role of skilled midwives in prenatal and postnatal work in chars like Erendabari by completing 6 months training from a trainee trained by Public Health and BRAC.
The program has been started from April 2022 and till date participants has successfully completed twelve classes.