Niyamotor din (Days of Possibilities) is an audio drama series set in the Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar. The drama is designed to support greater awareness and knowledge in the Rohingya community on maternal and neonatal issues such as the need for ante-natal check-ups and pregnancy care, safe birth, post-natal care and mother and child nutrition. The drama also deals with being prepared for giving birth at a health facility. The drama encourages family support, including from men and husbands, for pregnant woman and when caring for a new-born baby.
Niyamotor din (Days of Possibilities) is a single episodic drama series. It follows the life of a family and friends who live in the Rohingya camp. Each week we listen to a new story about their lives. There are 10 episodes in total – each around 10 to 16 minutes long.
The download includes an MP3 audio file (containing the audio content) as well as a topic-specific discussion guide to help community workers and group facilitators lead discussions, after their group has listened to the programme.
- Episode 1 – Ante-natal check-ups: In this episode, Kulsum is feeling unwell, and Nur (husband) reaches out to health volunteer Sharifa for help. Sharifa guesses that Kulsum is going to be a mother and suggests Nur and Rabeya (mother-in-law) take her to the hospital for a check-up. Though Rabeya was afraid to send Kulsum for a check-up, Sharifa convinces her. Nur and Kulsum visit the hospital and get useful suggestions from the doctor. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 2 – Pregnancy care: Nur (husband) doesn’t want Kulsum to do heavy work during her pregnancy and starts helping her with household chores. Nur asks Kulsum to eat more nutritious foods. But Sonful (traditional birth attendant) says that if Kulsum eats more her baby will get bigger, and it will be hard to get the baby out. Health volunteer Sharifa argues with Sonful and confirms that pregnant woman should eat more nutritious food, take proper rest, exercise, and should have at least four check-ups at the health facility. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 3 – Safe birth: Nur and Kulsum understand that they should go to the health centre rather than having their first baby at home. But Nur can’t disobey his mother who wants to have the delivery at home with traditional birth attendant Sonful. Nur gets help from health volunteer Sharifa and her husband Ramjan Ali. They all discuss birth preparation and explain to Rabeya (mother) why giving birth at health facilities is the safest option. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 4 – Delivery in the hospital: Kulsum is about to have a baby and Nur can’t find the phone number of the porter service. Health worker Sharifa comes to their rescue and finally Kulsum gives birth to a baby girl in the hospital. Though Rabeya (mother-in-law) is happy to see her granddaughter, she is unhappy that doctors don’t bathe the baby. They also don’t allow her to give honey or sugar to the baby. Sharifa explains the issues and tells Rabeya about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 5 – Taking care of a new-born baby: Nur, Kulsum and Rabeya are happy with the new member of their family. Traditional birth attendant Sonful comes to visit them and is surprised to discover Rabeya (mother-in-law) agrees with the doctors about giving colostrum to the new-born and allows Kulsum to go for a check-up with the baby. Rabeya explains to her why colostrum is important for the baby and other things she has learnt regarding the care of a new-born. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 6 – Post-natal care of a new-born baby: Kulsum is worried as her daughter is crying since morning. Both Rabeya (mother-in-law) and Nur (husband) think the baby is hungry and needs solid food other than milk. Health volunteer Sharifa confirms the new-born only needs mother’s milk for six months. Sharifa guesses that the baby is having difficulty latching on to her mother’s breast and suggests Kulsum to for a post-natal check-up where the doctor can show her the right techniques for breastfeeding. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 7 – Mother’s nutrition: In this episode, Nur (husband) and Rabeya (Mother-in-law) help Kulsum with household chores so Kulsum can have relax while breastfeeding. Health volunteer Sharifa suggests Kulsum eat more vegetables of different colours and explains that now she must eat more. She also asks them to take Kulsum to the nutrition centre to get diet advice and supplementary food if needed. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 8 – Child’s nutrition: Kulsum and Nur’s baby is now six months old and it’s time to start giving her solid food. Both Nur (husband) and Rabeya (mother-in-law) are excited and want to give her all kind of solid food. But health volunteer Sharifa explains that all foods are not suitable for the baby and suggests they visit the nutrition centre, where a nutritionist can measure and weigh the baby to suggest foods accordingly. Kulsum and Rabeya visits the nutrition centre and learn about supplementary foods like semolina. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 9 – Elderly care: Rabeya (mother-in-law) is sad as she thinks no one gives importance to older people like her. Sonful (traditional birth attendant) comes to see her and explains to Kulsum that older people need special attention. She also suggests Rabeya visit the elderly-friendly space where older woman like Rabeya can talk with people of a similar age. Health volunteer Sharifa says that Rabeya will also get nutrition advice at the elderly-friendly space as older people often have weak immune system and suffer from malnutrition. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
- Episode 10 – Sharing the workload: Kulsum is busy with her baby and Nur (husband) is angry with her as his mother Rabeya has to do a lot of household chores. Nur thinks now a days Kulsum doesn’t pay attention to him either. Health volunteer Sharifa and singer Nazir (Sharifa’s husband) explains to him how challenging it is to take care of a baby and why Nur should help his wife with household chores. Nur realises and everyone is happy as they all share the workload. | related discussion guide in Bangla and English
Niyamotor din (Days of Possibilities) is produced by BBC Media Action in partnership with the International Rescue Committee with funding from the United States Government.