Cox’s Bazar - If Morisha's family had waited a matter of minutes before bringing her to the UN Migration Agency(IOM)'s health post in the Balukhali makeshift settlement, she would be dead. Full term, in her first pregnancy, the 20-year-old started experiencing severe convulsions and bleeding from her mouth two weeks ago.
Morisha's sister recounts the details of her siblings pregnancy complications. Photo: Olivia Headon/UN Migration Agency 2017
Morisha is one of over 625,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar following an upsurge of violence in North Rakhine State on 25 August. She is also one of thousands who have been treated by IOM doctors after arriving in Bangladesh. When IOM Dr. Charl's Erik Halder assessed Morisha's condition, he diagnosed her as suffering from eclampsia. After stabilizing her, he arranged for an IOM an ambulance to take her to the Cox's Bazar District Hospital for emergency treatment.
Morisha was released from the district hospital after nine days of treatment and is now back in the overcrowded refugee settlement where she lives, which brings a whole range of worrying health risks to mother and baby.
Through post-natal care, IOM doctors will help Morisha to cope with these unique challenges, as well as, the more typical ones that new mothers face, like is the baby sleeping enough, am I holding her right and how many times a day should I breast feed.