A very low proportion of women in Bangladesh seek antenatal and postnatal care – 48% and 16%, respectively. This means that they are not properly screened by a medical professional during their pregnancy, so if there are any complications or diseases, they will remain untreated. This can and does cause further complications once the infant is born, reducing his or her chance at a healthy life.
In Bangladesh for every 1,000 infants that lives, 41 die. This means that approximately 127,387 infants die every year in Bangladesh. This can be connected to multiple causes, but poor neonatal is a clear one in most cases.
Over half of all Bengali women of the reproductive age are underweight and anaemic. This can increase complications during and after childbirth, leading to underweight babies and increasing the risk of maternal mortality.
Only 8.6% of births in Bangladesh take place in hospitals with most deliveries happening in rural areas, with family members performing tasks that doctors, midwives or nurses should be doing. Only 11.8% of births were delivered by a medical professional. In the UK approximately 97% of births take place at hospital. The 2.3% that occur at the home are assisted by a medical professional. Only 32.3% of births by girls aged 15-19 were attended by a medical professional in 2011 in Bangladesh.