Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for the Rohingya

Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for the Rohingya

Rehana Begum is a 25 year old mother of three small children and is 8 months pregnant. She is one of approximately 600,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August due to the ongoing crisis. Heavily pregnant and exhausted, her and her family walked for 15 days to reach safety in Bangladesh.

She recently visited an IPPF health clinic for a check-up and was provided with antenatal care, this was her first time during any of her pregnancies that she has had any medical attention.

Before attending the clinic Rehana was unaware of family planning as a way to plan future pregnancies. She says “I was not aware of family planning methods earlier, I am happy to know that I have options in terms of controlling my family size. I would definitely want to adopt a family planning method after my delivery”.

Working with local organisations, IPPF’s focus is on delivering sexual and reproductive healthcare to the camp. Women and girls make up 94% of clinic visits with 77% of total visitors who received sexual health care are under 25 years old.

Field teams have been mobilised to create awareness about sexually transmitted diseases and birth control methods. IPPF has partnered with various local agencies for provision of these services as well as distribution of the kits and medical supplies.