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Jan 15, 2019

Baby John, safely born in Kenya

Jenipher with baby John
Jenipher with baby John

This is a photo of a happy mum Jenipher and her newly born baby boy John. She shares her experience of childbirth in her own words.  BKFA Field Partner World Youth International (WYI) Kenya provided this story.

” My name is Jenipher,  the wife of Julius,  I am 29 years old and my baby John is my sixth child.  Just like any other expectant mother in Kenya, one of my greatest concerns as my days were drawing nearer was will my delivery be safe from infection arising from use of contaminated equipment or items?

The issues of safety during delivery was addressed by birth kits that were given to me when I visited the hospital for my first prenatal clinic.  After an elaborate  training on how to use the kit appropriately should labour onset and we have to deliver before reaching the hospital, we were all given a kit to take home for safe keeping. I was instructed to carry it to the hospital on the day.  During my child birth process, the medics used had clean gloves, surgical blade,  a string while I was lying clean polythene sheet. I am grateful that birthing kit foundation gave kits to Odedeh Health Centre.

I feel very lucky and happy today with my child on my lap”.

Oct 8, 2018

Integrating Kits into an existing system

Maryam and friends at Community dialogue
Maryam and friends at Community dialogue

This amazing story from our partner RFPD Nigeria demonstrates how BKFA birthing kits help to support an exisiting maternal health system. RFPD NIgeria works with local Rotary to promote and implement health initiatives.

Maryam lives with her husband in Kano. At 22 years old she discovered during a health checkup at her local primary health center that she was pregnant with her second child. She expresses great gratitude the work Rotary has done and explains “I prayed to God when I first got pregnant at the age of 17. My husband and his family were all very happy, but I felt alone. My mother in law advised me to contact a local traditional birth attendant, but from my friends I heard that deliveries can have difficulties and often lead to the mother’s and baby’s death. I was afraid that this happens to me.

When I heard that Rotary is inviting all pregnant women to a dialogue in the community, I had to go as well. At the dialogue Rotary explains why it is important to have a safe birth in a hospital, they also showed and demonstrated a small pack called a birthing kit. Inside the kit are gloves, plastic sheet, soap and a blade. After the dialogue I was happy to take a kit home and show it to my husband. When it was time to give birth, I took the kit with me to the hospital, gave it to the midwife and requested her to use it. My first-born son was born healthy on a Friday, which is why we gave him the name Danjuma. Although at first, I was afraid to give birth, the birthing kit provided me with all items needed to have a safe birth. Now with my second child I want to use the same kit and went to the community dialogue. After I told them, all my friends keep asking me for the kits.”

Image is of Maryam and her friends at the Community Dialogue in Kano. Copyright RFPD Daniel Kempf-Seifried  



Jul 16, 2018

Providing proper care for birthing mothers

1200 kits were recently received and distributed in multiple community settings by our field partner, Egoli Africa, Uganda

 Egoli Africa is clear about what the distribution of birthing kits can achieve

  • Women shall not be denied help during birthgiving at hospitals
  • Women are aware of the importance of safe birthgiving
  • Women are aware of the importance of good hygiene
  • Infant and maternal mortality is reduced
  • Clean and safe birthgiving is promoted
  • More women will seek assistance of professionals during pregnancy and during birthgiving

 Birthing kits were given directly to pregnant mothers with those mothers informed by village health teams and health centre staff about the use of the birthing kits and the importance of hygiene during and after birthgiving

Egoli Africa says that the supply of birthing kits

“helps health centres to give proper care to women during birthgiving. Health centres almost always never have birthing kits in stock, yet women are supposed to have them and cannot afford them”

Pictured here arewomen from the community of Busanga village, where the Birthing Kits were distributed with the help of a local health centre.

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