Helping mothers in developing countries

Ash bolt

Mothers in regional communities in Africa and Asia will be better supported through the work of the Zonta Club of Geelong.

The club recently held its annual Delivery Kit Assembly Day, where volunteers assembled 1,000 kits, consisting of a biodegradable plastic sheet, soap, a pair of gloves, a scalpel blade. sterile, three pieces of rope and five squares of gauze, for new parents from Third World countries.

Chris Denmead, a member of the service and advocacy committee, said the kits were designed to reduce the rate of infection and death during childbirth.

“We assemble these kits and send them to the Birthing Kit Foundation in Adelaide, which distributes them around the world,” she said.

“In small villages where there is no access to medical care, these kits help reduce infections and deaths of children and mothers during childbirth.

“We’ve been doing this for 14 or 15 years now and during that time the death rate in these communities has dropped dramatically.

“This is a project that is close to the hearts of women and mothers… we have all had access to excellent health care, so it touches my heart to see how some people don’t. “

The club raises funds of $ 5,000 each year to cover the cost of assembling the kits as well as training childbirth assistants.

Ms Denmead said it was nice to be able to put the kits together despite the COVID restrictions in place.

“Normally we get volunteers together and spend a day, usually in August, putting together 1,000 kits,” she said.

“However, this year we weren’t able to get everyone together… GenU was kind enough to lend us space for two Saturdays and we were able to have 10 volunteers each day to assemble the kits.”

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