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Effects of Climate Change and Maternal Morality: Perspective from Case Studies in the Rural Area of Bangladesh

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Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
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School of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, 851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden
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Institute of Health Sciences, Örebro University, 701 82 Örebro, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4594; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234594
Received: 24 October 2019 / Revised: 5 November 2019 / Accepted: 15 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
This study explored the community perception of maternal deaths influenced by natural disaster (flood), and the practice of maternal complications during natural disaster among the rural population in Bangladesh. It also explored the challenges faced by the community for providing healthcare and referring the pregnant women experiencing complications during flood disaster. Three focus group discussions (FGDs) and eight in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted in the marginalized rural communities in the flood-prone Khaliajhuri sub-district, Netrakona district, Bangladesh. Flood is one of the major risk factors for influencing maternal death. Pregnant women seriously suffer from maternal complications, lack of antenatal checkup, and lack of doctors during flooding. During the time of delivery, it is difficult to find a skilled attendant, and referring the patient with delivery complications to the healthcare facility. Boats are the only mode of transport. The majority of maternal deaths occur on the boats during transfer from the community to the hospital. Rural people feel that the maternal deaths influenced by natural disaster are natural phenomena. Pre-preparation is needed to support pregnant women during disasters. There is unawareness of maternal health, related care, and complications during disasters among local health service providers and volunteers. View Full-Text
Keywords: maternal death; marginalized community; flood; natural disaster; Bangladesh maternal death; marginalized community; flood; natural disaster; Bangladesh
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Abdullah, A.S.M.; Dalal, K.; Halim, A.; Rahman, A.F.; Biswas, A. Effects of Climate Change and Maternal Morality: Perspective from Case Studies in the Rural Area of Bangladesh. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4594. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234594

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Abdullah ASM, Dalal K, Halim A, Rahman AF, Biswas A. Effects of Climate Change and Maternal Morality: Perspective from Case Studies in the Rural Area of Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(23):4594. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234594

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Abdullah, Abu S.M., Koustuv Dalal, Abdul Halim, AKM F. Rahman, and Animesh Biswas. 2019. "Effects of Climate Change and Maternal Morality: Perspective from Case Studies in the Rural Area of Bangladesh" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 23: 4594. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234594

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