Every day more than 60 babies are born in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps of Bangladesh and about 75 percent of these babies are born in unhygienic and threatening makeshift shelters.
A new report published by the international charity, Save the Children, says hundreds of mothers and babies in camps for Rohingya refugees could die this year of entirely preventable causes if mothers do not get proper maternal healthcare.
The data shows that, of the expected 400 births in a community of some 20,000 people, only 119 babies were safely delivered in properly-equipped health facilities, with the remaining births taking place in bamboo shelters and makeshifts. United Nations released new data which estimates that for every 100,000 live births, 179 mothers die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The ‘invisibility’ of non-registered children increases their vulnerability and the risk of violations.
According to the research, Rohingya mothers hesitant to seek healthcare services as they are traumatized by the fear of infanticide that they allegedly used to face in Myanmar medical centers and clinics.