Rebena, the Florence Nightingale of Companiganj

Rebena collecting a patient’s information on a tab
Save the Children
“This is not just an achievement for me, MaMoni gets equal credit too. It is because of them that I made it this far.”
- Rebena

An upazila of Noakhali, Companiganj witnessed years of practice of expecting mothers delivering at home without skilled birth attendants often pushing the mothers and babies towards risk. At most, the solvent families would avail the comparatively high-cost cesarean section services from private hospitals. Interestingly, most of these child births could have been done through Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD) ensuring hygienic environment and all for free.

So why does this not happen? Well, the answer lies within ourselves. It takes training, investment and awareness. Above all, it requires some good souls who consider their jobs as not just any other job but a social responsibility. Mst. Rebena Khatun is one of them, who has received several trainings as a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) and has dedicated herself in ensuring safe Normal Vaginal Deliveries every day of the week at no cost.

Rebena has been working with the MaMoni projects since 2013 and is currently stationed in Char Kakra Union Health and Family Welfare Center (UH&FWC) in Companiganj where she got transferred in 2015. Her professional service and successful NVDs have gained her trust within the communities. In recognition of her quality service, on October 18, 2018, on the occasion of ‘International Day of Rural Women’, Rebena was selected as the Best SBA in Companiganj by the district International Rural Women Day Committee.
With proper training, skill and awareness, Rebena has become a highly qualified SBA. To this date, the community of Char Kakra and nearby four other unions, under Companiganj upazila, are highly dependent on Rebena for NVD services.