Protecting new mothers internationally – Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon assembled 1000 birthing kits
The Zonta Clubs of Brampton-Caledon and Oakville assembled 1000 birthing kits on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with the help of over 20 ZClub members. World Vision shipped them free of charge for distribution in Africa through their established service networks.
Safe birthing kits include a plastic sheet, a piece of soap, two gloves, gauze squares, cord ties, and a razor blade in a plastic zip lock bag. They are crucial for midwives who struggle daily to deliver babies in non-sterile conditions. These few simple items costing less than two dollars a piece, can save three lives – the mother, the baby and the birth attendant.
Unicef estimates that each day about one thousand women die worldwide because of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Developing countries account for 99% of the deaths. (Source: http://www.childinfo.org/maternal_mortality.html).
Donations of rubber gloves, plastic sheeting, umbilical cord, hard soap, gauze, zip lock bags or razor blades would be appreciated, as the scale of the problem is large. Please contact Ellen at [email protected] if you would like to donate any of the above items for our 2017 assembly day in May.
The Clubs value this very worthwhile initiative. Secondary school students who are members of local Z-Club (sort of junior Zonta clubs) were among the volunteers.
Birthing kits provide the essential items to promote a safe, clean delivery and to encourage good aftercare.
What is in a birthing kit?
Plastic – 1 m x 1 m or 36″ x 36″
Gloves, 2 per kit
3 pieces of umbilical cord tie, or 2 clamps
Scalpel/razor blades if cord is used
Gauze- 5 small squares