UNSELFISH LOVE IN INDIA (INDIA)
Unselfish Love in India (India)
India, with its 1.08 billon population, is the world's second most
populous country, also is one of a low-income countries. Due to food
shortage, about 5,000 children a day die of malnutrition or related
diseases. 80% of pregnant women in the country are suffering
from anemia. The country’s dystocia rate is relatively high. Its lack of
medical services is a serious problem.
Bijapur is a town in central India. It does not even have a basic
operation room in the district hospitals. In addition, the local
anti-government group continually creates military confrontation to the
government. Affected by the sectarian conflicts, roadblocks are often
set up; therefore patients are unable to seek medical treatment right away.
Some patients even take a whole day to walk to the hospital.
Because of lacking basic medical services, MSF set up a local Mother
and Child Health Centre in 2009.
Doctor Bea, Lau Wing Sze, began her first MSF mission in July 2010.
She has worked in the Mother and Child Health Centre in Bijapur as
volunteer for 9 months. She is mainly responsible for projects like prenatal
care, postnatal care, family plans and malnutrition.
After graduated from the Chinese University in 2005, Bea became
a doctor in the Hospital Authority. In her high school years, she showed
her enthusiasm in voluntary services. During the SARS outbreak in 2003,
she assisted in medical records research and psychological counseling.
After the Sichuan earthquake, she went to the local schools and took up
the health service. She was even a volunteer of the Rainlily hotline service
and later joined MSF in 2009.
Bijapur is located in Chhattisgarh. Its dystocia rate is the highest
across India. Most women do not have family planning, do not have the
concept of month and day. They even do not know the number of pregnancy
weeks and are poor in control of fertility schedule. Due to the lacking
of prenatal knowledge, premature birth, miscarriage and neonatal death
In the Mother and Child Health Centre, Bea often deals with
problems like, pregnant women malnutrition, infant babies' low body
temperature, instability of the hospital power supply, lack of baby warm
boxes and etc. Every day in this small town, she faces life, diseases
and death, and sometimes, she somehow feels helplessness on these
cases. Yet, she does not give up. Bea hopes that her contribution in
these 9 months can help her to take up more rescue missions in the future
and to continue the caring spirit as a doctor.
Tag: India, Bijapur, MSF, Mother & child Health Centre