Many moons ago I travelled (in parts, courtesy of a flatulent camel) through some very remote villages throughout India and Nepal. When I saw pregnant women or newborns, I remember wondering what the quality of maternity and newborn care was really like for these women in these parts of the world.
I soon discovered the awful fact that each day around the world, almost 800 mothers die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. One third of the total global deaths are in two countries; India (50,000 per annum) and Nigeria (40,000 per annum).
Flash forward to 2015, and I/BodyWise BirthWise is a proud supporter of The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia). This is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to improving conditions for women who give birth at home in developing countries. Along with my yearly membership, for every woman I support across my range of services within our very privileged Australian maternity system, a donation is made to this invaluable cause.
Tragically 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries and almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings – and most could have been prevented. Many die from preventable infections acquired during childbirth.
Most of the women The Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA) assists are for reasons of isolation, cultural choice, poor transport means or have little or no assistance during childbirth. By providing a clean birthing kit these mothers will have the resources to reduce infection.
The birthing kit addresses the 7 cleans needed for a safe childbirth. The kits are basic with 6 items; a plastic sheet, soap, 2 gloves, sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares. These kits are assembled by volunteers in Australia.
BKFA aims to promote sustainable change, fund midwifery training programs to educate birth attendants and to empower these women through education. Since the birthing kit inception in 2006, over 1 million have been delivered to some of the poorest women in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Over 7,800 women have also received training in basic health, hygiene and safe birth practices.
BKFA works with accredited third parties who carry out their work in the individual country. The Foundation is a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) with no religious or political affiliations.
Every donation of just $3.00 has the potential to save the life of a mother and baby. The gift of safer births empowers women to take control of their futures and live safer, happier, more fulfilled lives. Click here to help too.