MOMODa Foundation and RHSTEP team up for research on delaying early pregnancy in Gaibandha district
MOMODa Foundation, a research-based development organisation, has teamed up with an NGO, Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Programme (RHSTEP), to do groundbreaking research on "Delaying early pregnancy among adolescents in Gaibandha district, Bangladesh" according to a press release.
MOMODa Foundation envisions a world where inequality and poverty are less prevalent. It has been conducting research and taking on various projects in both rural and urban Bangladesh since 2011.
Gaibandha district lies below the poverty line and is very prone to child marriage. Various research conducted in the district showed that about 70% of the girls in Gaibandha suffer from early marriage, and 64 percent of them get pregnant before the age of 18 years, which leads to crucial problems like maternal death, malnutrition of children, infant mortality, etc.
The project aims at observing whether early marriages are taking place, finding out how adolescents aged 14–17 years can delay their pregnancy by disseminating sexual and reproductive health information, giving free consultations on different preventives, and providing people concerned with contraceptive pills and kits.
The RHSTEP will be consulting and involved in healthcare services. The MOMODa Foundation will conduct the study and propose a data-based solution to delaying early pregnancy in Gaibandha.