Zonta ladies providing safe births to developing countries
EVERY year, 300,000 women worldwide die from childbirth.
That's a figure the Zonta Club of Dalby is hoping to reduce, after teaming up with community members to assemble 605 birthing kits on Sunday morning.
The birthing kits, distributed by Birthing Kid Foundation Australia, include six basic items: a plastic sheet, soap, two gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, three cords for tying the umbilical cord and
five gauze squares for cleaning.
They will be distributed to women in under-developed and developing countries who don't have access to basic healthcare and birthing sanitation.
Dalby Zonta Club service committee chair Chris Williams said the annual assembly day has been held in Dalby for six years now.
"The Zonta Club purchases the kits at $3 each from Birthing Kits Australia in Adelaide, then they transport all the boxes and we fit the boxes with 100 kits each,” Mrs Williams said.
"Then they get transported back to Adelaide and when there's a need, they are sent to places like Ethiopia, Kenya, the Congo and Vietnam.
"Some go to New Guinea, some go to India and Nepal,” she said.
The annual assembly day is a great way for the community to see the work that Dalby Zonta does for women worldwide, according to Mrs Williams.
"We get members of the community to join us and that's our visibility in the community for Zonta,” she said.
"It's for women, and that's what we are - we're for the betterment of women throughout the world.”
The birthing kits are a simple, affordable way of ensuring all women across the world have access to a clean, sterile birthing environment.
"It's mainly for people who don't have doctors - they have maybe a shed and a midwife,” Mrs Williams said.
"300,000 women die annually from childbirth, that's over 800 women every day.
"This just provides a clean, sterile way of helping them,” she said.
"One thing it does is make you grateful for what we have here.
The youngest member of the assembly line on Sunday was nine-year-old Ava-May Hurley, who was assisting with the birthing kits to help earn her service badge as part of Girl Guides.
"We can get a service badge by doing things that are beyond normal jobs,” Ava-May said.
"My favourite part of Girl Guides is the craft. I like making the shower of egg cartons,” she said.
The next community event for the Dalby Club of Zonta will be 16 Days of Activism, beginning November 25, which raises awareness of domestic violence.