Maternal & Mental Health Project
As violence erupted in Myanmar in August 2017, more than a million Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh and horrifying accounts of rape and sexual violence against women and girls emerged during the crisis.
Now, three years later, many women face the prospect of giving birth in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. For those women delivering at home, options are limited if something goes wrong, yet more than 26,000 Rohingya babies have been born in refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar every year.
Around 70 babies per day are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma, and at times, rape.
Our Maternal Support Program aims to support a significant number of expecting Rohingya mothers to visit health care facilities before and after giving birth. As well, our partners and teams in the camps will mobilize to inform refugees of their rights and options, including their right to avoid or delay pregnancy, along with providing nutritional and crucial mental health support during this process.