Over the last 2 weeks the Bishop Druitt College Human Rights Group has held fresh juice stalls to raise over $370.00 to help fund Zonta Birthing Kits.
This assists women in remote areas to have basic tools for a sanitary birth which reduces significantly the rate of mother and infant mortality. This week they been packing a great number of birthing kits for women in developing countries with the support of Zonta.
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
An initiative originally of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills (in Zonta International District 23), the birthing kit was designed specifically to be a cost effective tool to promote the ’7 cleans’ in childbirth in developing countries.
The contents are intended to promote hygiene in childbirth and thus prevent the most common causes of related infections. They contain items for the birth itself (e.g. plastic sheeting, soap & disposable gloves), for the baby (clamps and a blade to attend to the umbilical cord) and to prevent common post-natal infections (e.g. gauze to clean the baby’s eyes).
Once assembled, the birthing kits are distributed by the project organisers with the help of NGOs in a variety of developing countries (who train local women to be birthing attendants and in the use of the kit).
This week the Human Rights Group along with ladies from Zonta District 24 gathered in the Senior Common Room to assemble the kits they had raised money for. It was all hands on deck to ensure all kits were done and done hygienically.
Thanks to Ms Ross for her support and encouragement of the Human Rights Group