I teamed up with the international NGO BRAC to work on a story about their urban delivery centers also known as birthing huts that are part of BRAC’s Manoshi Project. The project provides supervised care from pregnancy to childbirth with trained community health workers. The birthing huts provide access to a private and sanitary place for women to give birth as alternatives to home delivery with the assisantance of traditional birth attendants as well as the trained health volunteers from their community. By working directly with the poor within there communities and a small amount of proper training Bangladesh has seen a drop in both the neonatal and maternal mortality rates. They are on target to reach the 2015 U.N.Millenium Development Goal5 (50 percent reduction in maternal deaths.
Fazila’s story has a happy ending but it could easily have ended up a tragedy due to the absence of professional medica carel during her delivery. Pregnant women in the poor areas of Bangladesh have very little or no access to professional medical care, in the world every minute one woman dies from a pregnancy related complication but 90 percent of these deaths are preventable. BRAC ‘s Monoshi project is working to lower the maternal and neonatal mortality rates yet there are still no doctors available for this population of women.
To license this work for editorial, creative, or other uses, click on the OZMO logo above.
This will take you to the Ozmo website where you can review the cost and license for the photographs in this exhibit.
You will need to create an account with both Amazon payments and with the Ozmo website as described on the Ozmo website.
Photographers For Hope