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Pregnancy-related complications among the migrant women who gave birth in selected health facilities of Bangladesh: a crosssectional study in the Rohingya community

Objective: Multiple outbreaks of unrest in the Rakhine State of Myan-mar triggered large influxes of Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh through the borders in Teknaf and Ukhia Upazilas of Coxs Bazar. More than 700,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh in 2016 and currently living in six previ-ous makeshift settlements and refugee camps. The pregnant women among Rohingyas face several complications during the pregnancy. This study estimated health facility-based prevalence for gestational complications. The background characteristics of the pregnant women and the gestational complications will be investigated in relation to low birth weight.

Methods: This will be a health facility-based cross-sectional study and data will be collected in January-April 2019 through structured interviews and medical records of 2000 women who gave birth in Ukhia Upzila. Frequencies and prevalence will be used to describe participants background factors and gestational complications. Bivariable and multivariable logistic regression models will be performed for di↵erent background factors and low birth-weight outcomes.

Expected Outcome: The estimated health facility-based prevalence of pregnancy-related complications will be relatively high in this sample from the Rohingya community. We will identify the common gestational complications and we will also identify if there is any relationship between gestational complications and low birth-weight. Upgrading the capacity of health centres in the management of pregnant women in the Rohingya community may improve maternal and fetal health.