MR Services in Rural Bangladesh

Demand generation for safe MR services in rural Bangladesh through right based approach

Villagers listen to MSF outreach workers talk about kala azar in the courtyard of their houses. Fulbaria, Mymensingh district, Bangladesh.

Menstrual regulation (MR) programmes were introduced in Bangladesh in 1974 to reduce morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortions. About 468,000 MR procedures are performed annually, and its potential is not fully used. To develop MR programs, the voices of women could add important aspects to its acceptability. To improve the acceptability of MR, education on the benefits of MR has to be made available to the whole population.

MR is a very simple medical procedure but sometimes complications may arise due to wrong medication. In Bangladesh in remote rural areas, all abortions are induced by indigenous health parishioners and the Traditional untrained provider even quacks still provide unsafe abortion services. Due to the illiteracy among the village people sometimes they get into serious trouble with this issue. So awareness build up is a must and safe MR services should be taken and Nalta Hospital is working on this project within the three Upojillas of Kaligonj, Shyamnagar & Debhata of Satkhira District.
The main objective of this project are as follows-

Training of the people to successfully implement the project goals
Implement the project in cooperation with the governments Family Planning Departmnt
Regular meeting arrangement with the community based groups for this project
Different type of training to the newly married men & women
Conducting training for the males to build up awareness among them
Nlata Hospitals take part in the medication part of this project. This project is aided by the world health organization and implemented by Nalta Hospital & Community Health Foundation.

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