Why are we there?
- Social violence/Health care exclusion
- Natural disaster
- Severe malnutrition
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
MSF teams in Bangladesh run a clinic for unregistered Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living on the outskirts of the Kutupalong camp, in Cox’s Bazaar, along with Bangladeshis in the area. Services include basic health care and maternal and mental health services. The clinic has a small inpatient unit, a stabilization unit for severely malnourished children, a diarrhea treatment center, and an ambulance for hospital referrals.
In Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar slum, MSF runs two health centers that offer basic medical care and child and maternal health services. Staff in Dhaka conducted more than 40,000 pediatric consultations in 2012 and provided specialized services for adolescent girls and young women, many of whom are married off young and need assistance with pregnancies.
In Fulbaria, MSF runs a kala azar program, using liposomal amphotericin B, which has proven quicker, and more effective than previous treatments and has been added to the MOH’s kala azar protocol.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 354 staff in Bangladesh. MSF has been working in the country since 1985.
Shawkila* is from a village in Myanmar close to the border with Bangladesh. In November, she gave birth to twins, one in Myanmar, the other across the border in Bangladesh.
I did not have any medical care during my pregnancy. I was scared to go to the hospital because I am a Muslim. I began to feel extreme pain when I was three months pregnant and by six months I could not walk. During my labour my first baby was breech, but I was able to give birth without medical assistance. However, my second baby was stuck and I could not do it alone.
I was afraid to call the midwife for help. In the end I had to, because I could not push any more. When the midwife came she told me that she could not help me and that I would have to go to Bangladesh to the hospital.
Shawkila was carried on a stretcher to the river. She and her husband then took a boat to Bangladesh. After crossing the border she was taken to the MSF clinic outside Kutupalong makeshift camp, where she was able to safely deliver her second child.
* The patient’s name has been changed.