The United Nations estimates that 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, with developing countries accounting for 99% of these deaths. For every woman who dies in childbirth another 30 women will incur injuries and infections. Many of these deaths, injuries and infections are preventable.
The Birthing Kits we will assemble for the fantastic Birthing Kit Foundation will help reduce these statistics. The sterile birthing kit enables a hygienic birthing environment where otherwise a dirt floor and little to no medical equipment would be used. We will assemble items including a plastic sheet, soap, a pair of gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, 3 clean cord ties, and gauze wipes into kits that will be shipped for use by expectant mothers in need.
We will also be having a special guest speaker, Lynne Stewart, who is the Midwifery Unit Manager at Monash Medical Centre. Lynne has recently returned from Kokoda in Papua New Guinea with the “No Roads to Health” expedition, where she has volunteered medical assistance.
We look forward to seeing you there- you don’t need to bring anything - just an eagerness to help!
For more information see the Birthing Kit Foundation website (http://www.bkfa.org.au/).
Please RSVP by midday Monday (27/04) if you would like to attend. If you are unable to attend, please let us know 24 hours prior to the meeting as we need to provide numbers to our venue.
6:30pm arrival for a 7pm start. Meeting fee is $10 and includes a drink on arrival and nibbles. This is payable by cash on the night.