Last week it was reported that dengue fever had broken out in the Nauru immigration processing centre and that two asylum seekers and one site worker had been affected. No pregnant women were affected by this particular outbreak, but dengue is endemic in the islands of the South Pacific, including Nauru and Papua New Guinea. And possible dengue infection would seem to be only one of the risks experienced by the roughly 20 pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru.
The grim prospects for pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru
Pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru live in appalling conditions without access to obstetric care. Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University Caroline de Costa says we're not fulfilling our duty of care.