A little kit can make a world of difference
FOR less than the price of a cup of coffee, the Zonta Club of Dalby is saving the lives of women all over the world.
This Sunday the club will host its seventh annual birthing kit assembly day, an absolutely critical initiative considering 300,000 women die every year from childbirth.
Zonta member Chris Williams said the club members loved being able to contribute yearly to the program.
"Every woman has the right to a clean and safe childbirth,” Mrs Williams said.
"The birthing kits have been a national Zonta project since 2004 and Dalby Zonta undertook our involvement towards this project in 2012.
"The kits are distributed to remote and rural regions in developing countries where there is no hospital or it is too far away.
"Part of the program is to train local health workers to assist the women giving birth in such primitive conditions.
"The kits are sent to such places as Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya and Papua New Guinea to name a few.”
The Dalby club buys enough items to make 600 birthing kits every year.
The kits cost $3 each to make and contains a plastic sheet, scalpel, soap, gloves and gauze.
Mrs Williams said 25 people usually volunteered every year, including community members, Zontians and Girl Guides, and she was expecting similar numbers in 2018.
Mrs Williams said even just an hour could make the world of difference.
"For every woman who dies in childbirth around 30 more suffer injury or disease and more than a million children are left motherless and vulnerable.
"Our assembly mornings give those who attend a sense of helping with a larger problem that can be addressed practically.
"It is a wonderful morning of fellowship and a you gain a huge sense of accomplishment when the 600 kits are counted and packed into the box, ready to be sent back to Adelaide for shipment to the women of developing countries.”
Morning tea is provided for volunteers who help on the day.
The birthing kit day is being held at the Dalby Guide Hut on North St this Sunday and starts at 10am.
The kits are expected to be completed by 1pm before they are sent to Adelaide to be distributed internationally.