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Sanowara walked through thick jungle for five days to get to safety after her village was attacked. UK aid helped her to give birth to a healthy baby.

February 14, 2018 | admin
UK aid is helping to provide medical help and support for over 50,000 pregnant Rohingya women like Sanowara to give birth safely.

Sanowara was 7 months pregnant when the local military attacked her village in Burma. She fled the violence with her husband Ayub, walking for five days through thick jungle with little food or water. 

When she reached Bangladesh she found safety in a refugee camp. Here she received antenatal care for the first time in her pregnancy and gave birth in a UK aid supported clinic. 

Many pregnant women like Sanowara arrive at Kupatalong Refugee camp stressed, weak and often suffering from dehydration and anaemia. 

Nurses supported by UK aid are able to give expectant mothers supplements like folic acid and iron tablets to protect the health of the baby. 

Midwives also see mothers regularly for check-ups. This support continues even after the birth with midwives visiting the womens’ homes to provide postnatal care. 

UK aid is helping to provide medical help and support for over 50,000 pregnant Rohingya women like Sanowara to give birth safely.

To date the UK has contributed £59 million to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis and is working with many international partners including UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR and the World Food Programme to deliver this on the ground. 

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