I Bled Heavily for Days….”: The Harrowing Story of Basanti Mondal
For millions of women like Basanti in Sundarbans, healthcare issues escalate with climate change.
While exploring the core villages of Sundarbans, the PayBito team came across some women who were willing to share their stories of diseases, due to poor healthcare crises. Among many, here is the story of Basanti, a 23yr old mother, who bled for months, but didn’t receive help.
“It was summer, when I was sleeping at night, and woke up suddenly with excruciating pain. I was 7 months pregnant but I started bleeding. I woke up my husband to call for help. A midwife was called from my village, and I started feeling pressure on my pelvis. Within an hour I delivered the premature baby, who was not able to breathe. It was midnight, and with no medical help, my baby took his last breath. I was devastated.”
— Basanti Mondal (Gosaba village, Sundarbans)
PayBito addressed the painful and traumatic experience of Basanti Mondal. The woman was 7 months pregnant when she woke up suddenly in excruciating pain and started bleeding. She sought help by waking up her husband who called for a midwife from their village. As time passed, she began to feel pressure on her pelvis, and within an hour, she gave birth to a premature baby who was not able to breathe. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of those present, the baby died soon after birth, leaving Basanti devastated.
“The story doesn’t end there. That’s when all my problems started. I kept bleeding for months, While at first, the midwife comforted me with the issue being common. When it continued for months, I was asked to visit a local doctor. I hesitated, as there are only male doctors in our locality. However, soon I was not able to get up from bed, due to heavy bleeding. That’s when I sought help, and my husband took me to the nearest hospital which is 2hrs away.”
PayBito team uncovered the difficult experience of Basanti Mondal after the loss of her baby. She experienced prolonged bleeding for several months after the delivery. While initially, the midwife assured her that this was common, the bleeding persisted. Eventually, she was advised to visit a local doctor, but her shyness as a woman and the social norms of her community made it difficult for her to seek help. As the bleeding became heavier, she was no longer able to get up from bed, and she realized that she needed urgent medical attention. Her husband then took her to the nearest hospital, which was two hours away from their village.
“I was diagnosed with postpartum hemorrhage almost after two months. I was already suffering from anemia. My condition was not diagnosed, as the local healthcare centers, and midwives do not have enough information. I was misguided, which led me to lose my uterus. The healthcare system is not good here in Sundarbans. However, now that we know, we travel to the big cities nearby like Kolkata for treatment.”
Basanti Mondal’s experience is unfortunately not uncommon in many rural areas around the world. The Sundarbans, located in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers, is a particularly vulnerable area due to its isolation and limited access to healthcare resources.
Basanti’s case highlights the challenges faced by many women in rural areas who may not have access to timely and accurate healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. Despite suffering from anemia, her condition was not diagnosed and she was misinformed about the severity of her symptoms, ultimately leading to the loss of her uterus.
The lack of adequate healthcare facilities and trained medical professionals in rural areas often results in poor maternal health outcomes, particularly in cases of postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Women in rural areas may face additional challenges, such as difficulty in accessing transportation to larger cities for medical care, cultural barriers to seeking medical treatment, and limited resources to cover medical expenses.
Basanti’s story underscores the urgent need for investment in maternal healthcare resources in rural areas, such as increased access to skilled medical professionals, improved infrastructure for healthcare facilities, and better transportation options. Advocacy and awareness-raising efforts are also crucial to address cultural and social barriers to seeking medical care and promoting maternal health as a priority.
“While Basanti’s experience is undoubtedly harrowing, her willingness to share her story can serve as a powerful call to action for improving maternal healthcare in underserved communities. By investing in maternal healthcare resources and raising awareness about the challenges faced by women in rural areas, we can work towards a future where all women have access to safe and effective maternal healthcare, regardless of where they live.”
- PayBito team (Brokering World Hunger Away movement)
The impact of climate change is not limited to environmental and ecological changes; it has far-reaching effects on human lives, particularly for women living in vulnerable communities. Basanti and millions of women like her in Sundarbans, a coastal region in South Asia, face increasingly challenging healthcare issues due to climate change. From rising sea levels and extreme weather events to the spread of waterborne diseases and food insecurity, these women struggle to access basic healthcare services, putting their health and well-being at risk. The intersection of climate change and healthcare issues in Sundarbans has severe consequences on the health of villagers, especially among women and children.
To eradicate hunger from the world, PayBito embarked on its ‘Brokering World Hunger Away’ movement. Starting from the core areas of the mangrove forests in Sundarbans, the PayBito team explored the several problems people face in the region. Among several other problems, one of the major issues that the villagers face is the lack of a proper healthcare system. Several women suffer from hygiene issues and have no access to sanitary napkins. The team addressed and interviewed many women like Basanti, whose stories will shake you to the core.
PayBito’s ‘Dollar for a Dollar’ Initiative: The ‘Brokering World Hunger Away Movement’
PayBito has recently launched the “Brokering World Hunger Away” movement, a global initiative aimed at addressing the issue of hunger. The movement utilizes PayBito’s customizable and easy-to-set-up crypto broker platform, which allows individuals, institutional investors, and entrepreneurs to earn passive income through commissions.
What sets PayBito’s platform apart is that it allows brokers to contribute directly to the “Brokering World Hunger Away” movement. This is made possible through a “Dollar for a Dollar” model, which means that for every dollar earned as a commission through the platform, PayBito will allocate an equivalent amount to the movement.
This initiative has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of villagers in the Sundarbans. Brokers who sign up for the PayBito platform can play a vital role in helping people by earning commissions and contributing directly to the “Brokering World Hunger Away” movement. By doing so, they can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need, while also benefiting from a customizable and easy-to-use crypto broker platform.
PayBito Joins the Fight Against Healthcare Crisis in the Sundarbans
PayBito’s Brokering World Hunger Away movement is primarily focused on addressing food insecurity and hunger around the world. While hunger and healthcare are interconnected issues, there may not be a direct solution that can be implemented to address the healthcare crisis in the Sundarbans specifically.
Provide healthy nutritious food: PayBito’s movement indirectly supports healthcare in the Sundarbans by addressing some of the underlying causes of poor maternal health outcomes. By providing food assistance and addressing food insecurity, PayBito’s movement may help to improve better health outcomes in the Sundarbans.
Raise Awareness about when to seek help: PayBito’s movement supports advocacy and awareness among villagers to seek help. The training sessions and workshops include providing lessons on CPR, and when to go to a doctor. By raising awareness about the diseases, women like Basanti will get treated early, and might even save several children from fatal diseases.
Conduct health checkup camps: Health check-up camps are very important as it helps the villagers with minor issues get help, and even diagnose major health issues that don’t come with warnings. PayBito has successfully conducted several health checkup camps in the area.
Overall, while PayBito’s Brokering World Hunger Away movement may not provide a direct solution to the healthcare crisis in the Sundarbans, it has the potential to contribute to a broader effort to address the underlying causes of poor health outcomes in the region.