Magazine article Anglican Journal

Good Nutrition for Healthy Births

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Good Nutrition for Healthy Births

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"ONLY A HEALTHY mother can ensure safe delivery of the baby, and a healthy life for both mother and child," says Farida Akhter the Executive Director of PWRDF partner UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) in Bangladesh. UBINIG supports a network of dais, traditional midwives who live and work in the rural communities of the program.

The dais provide education, check ups and accompaniment to pregnant women, linking them in to the medical system if the pregnancy or delivery is high risk. One of their most important tasks is to ensure that the women they serve have good nutrition.

Marjina came to the dais in Balgachi during her second pregnancy, on the advice of a friend. She was malnourished and so weak she couldn't get out of her bed. She rode in a bicycle ambulance to the dai ghor, the midwives' house, in the village, where the dais discovered that she weighed only 42kg and had low blood pressure. They taught her to grow her own healthy foods, what foods grew naturally that she could gather; and where her husband could purchase locally grown healthy vegetables produced without chemicals. …

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