Raise hands together for the girls of Bangladesh and the Rohingya camps who are in desperate need of health education and awareness.
Hands in Girl’s Health (HIGH), a project of Human Concern International (HCI), provides funding to create programs that educate girls regarding child marriage, pregnancy care, newborn care, family planning, immunization, menstrual hygiene, sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer screening and prevention.
HIGH also supports funding for healthcare training, free sanitary napkins, HPV vaccine and counselling of sexually abused girls.
Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy
Bangladesh continues to have one of the highest child marriage rates worldwide and the highest rate of marriage involving girls under 15.
52% of girls are married by their 18th birthday, and 18% by the age of 15 .(source unicef)
Soon after marriage teenage girls are forced by family and society to get pregnant.
Every year, an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years, and 2 million girls aged under 15 years become pregnant in developing regions. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2.5 million girls under 16 years give birth each year in developing regions. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year-old girls globally. (source WHO)
Currently, approximately 4.9 percent of the total Rohingya population or 42,516 women are pregnant in Rohinga camps. (Source: Needs and Population Monitoring Report)
Over 89% of Bangladeshi women (about 78.4 million women) still use rags instead of sanitary napkins compromising their health, productivity and dignity with the risk of embarrassing leaks and harmful infections. (source SNV)
UNICEF recently conducted a survey about how Bangladeshi women manage menstruation and found that at least one-third girls fail to change their cloths frequently or hide their rags in dirty places. One in three girls wash them with soap after use. Only just half of the women dried their rags outside and in full sun — the conditions required to kill bacteria. Low standards of menstrual hygiene lead to widespread vaginal and urinary infections.
In Bangladesh, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer among females. In Bangladesh, 11,956 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed each year and approximately, 6,582 deaths occur. (Source WHO)
Early detection of cervical cancer is possible by screening and it can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
38% of deliveries in Bangladesh still take place at home and in only 42% of the cases, a skilled birth attendant is present. As many as two-thirds of pregnancy related deaths is preventable. Global evidence shows that midwives who are educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87% of the essential care needed for pregnant women and newborns. (source UNFPA)
HIGH provides funding for midwifery training and plans to invest in other healthcare training in future.
RAISE YOUR HAND, RESTORE HEALTH FOR HER