When eighteen-year-old Rahima learned she was pregnant with her first child, she was scared.
Living in a riverside slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she sees the effects of malnutrition and poor health all around her. Married to a day laborer who supports a household of nine people with his meager income, Rahima worries her baby won’t develop properly if she doesn’t get enough to eat.
Recently, Rahima learned from a neighbor that there was a World Concern clinic about two kilometers away. She visited the clinic and received nutrition counseling and other vital information from the staff there. She has her blood pressure, weight and blood sugar levels tested during her visits. She also receives prenatal vitamins to supplement her diet.
A trained health instructor works with Rahima, teaching her how to eat well and prepare healthy, inexpensive meals during her pregnancy.
Rahima is now looking forward to welcoming a healthy baby soon.