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Helping the Rohingya stay healthy

  • Published at 07:15 pm September 30th, 2018

Around 148 midwives have so far delivered 3,200 babies, while also providing emergency services

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent speech at the UN has highlighted not only to what extent Bangladesh is taking care of the Rohingya who have fled persecution from the oppressive Myanmar regime, but also the international community’s responsibility to stand up for Rohingya rights, and to hold Myanmar accountable for its actions.

But while the world waits to act, Bangladesh continues to provide various forms of aid to the Rohingya, who have suffered uncountable atrocities in their homeland.

It is important that the Rohingya, while they are here, feel safe, secure, and protected -- and one aspect of such an existence involves the quality of health care being provided to them.

It is commendable that Bangladesh continues to deliver in this regard, as part of a national program backed by the government, and supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which has midwives trained by BRAC university providing essential health care services to pregnant and expecting Rohingya women.

Around 148 midwives have so far delivered 3,200 babies, while also providing emergency services for those affected by sexually transmitted diseases and sexual violence, in addition to family planning. 

These are essential services which the Rohingya need at this time, thereby ensuring that their stay as refugees in Bangladeshi camps remains one which does not want for the most basic of human rights: Access to effective health care.

While Bangladesh has already spread its resources by taking the Rohingya in, we as a nation must continue to provide for them, to the best of our abilities, the best possible standards of living. In fact, it shines as an example of kindness and humanity, one which every nation in the world can perhaps gather some inspiration from.