KIT CAN DO: Chris Williams, Teddie Ziesemer, Jo Reilly and then Liz Drumm put together birthing kids with Zonta last year.
KIT CAN DO: Chris Williams, Teddie Ziesemer, Jo Reilly and then Liz Drumm put together birthing kids with Zonta last year. Contributed

Zonta club helping with healthy births overseas

A SIMPLE kit for a home birth costs as little as $3 to make, but for women in developing countries, the impact of the kits is invaluable.

This Sunday, October 9, the Zonta Club of Dalby is hosting an 'Assembly Day' for birthing kits, and the club is inviting interested community members to come and help the cause.

The Assembly Day is being run in conjunction with the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA), a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that provides the birthing kids and education in clean birthing practices.

The majority of women in need of assistance from the foundation face issues such as isolation, cultural choice or poor transport and have little or no assistance during childbirth.

Access to the clean birthing kids provides the mothers with resources to reduce infection.

The birthing kids include a plastic sheet for the mother to lay on, gauze, cord for clean ties to the umbilical cord, gloves to prevent germs fro being transmitted, a scalpel blade and soap.

In the 2014-2015 year, BKFA held 186 Assembly Days and produced a total of 138,600 kits.

Sunday will mark the fifth birthing kit assembly day run by the Zonta Club of Dalby, with the day set to kick off at 10am at the Girl Guide Hut in North St.

The kits were first devised in 1999 by Dr Joy O'Hazy, a doctor and member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills.

"Even an hour of your time is very valuable, and we also provide a delicious morning tea,” Service Committee Chairwoman Chris Williams said.

"With an estimated 385,000 women dying annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during childbirth, there is a great need for clean birthing kits.”

For more information about the birthing kits and the foundation, visit www.bkfa.org.au or pay a visit to the Zonta Club of Dalby on the day.


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