A Future for Baby Nirob

Back in 2012, in a rural village in Bangaldesh, we met 5-month-old Nirob and his mother Shipra. Nirob was a small and weak baby. He was battling a terrible combination of malnutrition and disease. He had been losing weight since he was born and couldn’t feed regularly.

“I’m so worried about Nirob and what will happen to him, I cannot think,” said Nirob’s mother, Shipra.

Before Nirob was born, Shipra had already lost three babies. And she’s not alone. Cases like Shipra’s are far too common in rural villages in Bangladesh. Nine in 10 young mothers have lost at least one child due to lack of health care.

Access to basic health care is extremely expensive in Bangladesh – it takes a full month’s earnings just for the trip to a clinic alone. Because of this, young mothers are forced to have their babies under unsanitary conditions, without properly trained medical supervision.

“A hospital is needed for mothers and babies,” said Shipra.

Save the Children, in partnership with the government in Bangladesh, completed a new clinic near Nirob’s village. The clinic reaches over 150,000 people each year with lifesaving medical services. The clinic allowed Nirob and children like him to get proper treatment. Newborns are now able to receive the care they need to survive their first days of life.

Shipra no longer has to worry about walking miles and miles to reach the nearest health clinic. She no longer has to worry about working a full month to be able to take her sick child to the doctor. Shipra’s only concern now is Nirob and his future.

The lifesaving help that Nirob received was only possible from the support of our donors. Donate today and help Save the Children deliver lifesaving and life-changing relief to children around the world – because every child deserves a future.


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