Moyna’s Story from the Slums of Dhaka

Moyna’s father died when she was only 5 years old. She has seven siblings; three brothers and four sisters. Her elder brother was married and could not look after them. Without their father’s income they were in a state of despair. Her mother had to find some job to support her family. So the family came to live at the Nobodoy slum of Dhaka four years ago. Moyna’s two elder sisters are working in a garments factory. Her other sister is working as a maid servant. Her three sisters’ income is not sufficient to support themselves, let alone the big family. Her two youngest brothers are too young to do anything. Her mother cannot work anymore because of ill health. So, Moyna collected scraps of plastic paper, pieces of iron, and other items from the garbage to sell. As a result, she was suffering from a dangerous skin disease for a long time. Moyna’s mother couldn’t arrange for a doctor to check her. It spread to other parts of her body, even her shoulders and face.

Social Workers from DCI’s Health Care Center saw Moyna while conducting field work. They talked with Moyna’s mother and suggested she take Moyna to DCI’s healthcare center. At first they didn’t come. But the social worker herself took Moina to the center on November 25, 2010. Doctors from UHCC provided her treatment, free dressing continuously for seven days, and necessary medicine. Social workers are also following up regularly. Moyna is improving day by day and is almost cured. The doctor advised her not to return to work in the dump. The question is: will she be able to take that advice?

Moyna, a young girl from the Nobodoy slum of Dhaka, was forced to collect scraps of plastic paper, pieces of iron, and other items from the garbage to sell, in order to support her family. As a result, she was suffering from a dangerous skin disease for a long time. A social worker from DCI’s Health Care Center took Moina to receive treatment on November 25, 2010. Moyna is improving day by day and is almost cured. The doctor advised her not to return to work in the dump. The question is: will she be able to take that advice?