Did you know that all it takes is a plastic sheet, soap, two gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, three pieces of string and five gauze squares to significantly reduce the mortality of mothers and children in childbirth?
Each year more than 300,000 women die in childbirth, and 99 per cent of these deaths occur in developing countries.
For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections – many of which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong.
The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) is trying to reduce these horrific statistics through education programmes and the supply of clean birthing kits.
ASPIRE (UNE’s global health group) is holding their annual Birthing Kit Assembly day on Sunday, May 21 from 10am-2:30pm in Room 248, Education Building, UNE.
They are aiming to pack a massive 1400 kits this year and need your help!
With the help of the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia and sponsors including Zonta Club of Armidale Inc. and SSAF, these birthing kits are able to be sent to women who don’t have access to adequate health services.
No woman should die giving birth, come along and help pack these potentially life-saving kits!
Lunch will also be provided!