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Mar 3, 2016

Janeth's Story

We are so pleased to share the story of Janeth from Tanzania, who delivered her son, Joshua, with the use of a Birthing Kit.

On 26 December 2015, Janeth was taken to hospital having gone into labour nearly two months before her due date.

Whilst Janeth was fortunate to reach a hospital, had she not previously received a Birthing Kit, the outcome may have been quite different.  Many hospitals simply don’t provide the simple essentials for a safe, clean birth with women expected to supply these items themselves.  At worst, labouring women are turned away, left to deliver alone or at home.

The midwife asked if she had a birthing kit. She did. It had been given to her by Hurumia Watoto, a small organisation in Northern Tanzania dedicated to improving the health of women and girls. This group had distributed kits provided by Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia).

With the help of the Birthing Kit, Janeth delivered a healthy baby boy.

Janeth says:

“At first I feared that the kit would not be enough and I asked for two on the day of distribution. But one kit was enough and I kept one which I plan to give to my friend who is pregnant. Many women need your help here in Tanzania because many cannot afford to buy the list of materials hospitals suggest – and this leads to many women having unsafe deliveries”.

Hurumia Watoto, based in Northern Tanzania are a partner of Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia). If you would like to support our work, please make a donation here.

Just $3 pays for one Birthing Kit. Just $3 can help a baby like Joshua arrive safely into this world.

 

 

 

Dec 9, 2015

BKFA launches partnership with Egoli Africa

Women receive birthing kits Kameke, Eastern Uganda
Women receive birthing kits Kameke, Eastern Uganda

Egoli Africa is a not for profit organisation based in the Netherlands dedicated to the promotion of empowering people in Uganda to overcome the challenges of their circumstances. One such circumstance is the high incidence of maternal and neonatal mortality. With only one medical centre servicing the rural target area and a catchment of around 8000 community members, many birthing mothers deliver at home, predominantly without medical assistance. This all too often ends tragically, with an infant mortality rate of 88 per 1000 live births*. It’s difficult to imagine but as a comparison, the rate is 4 in 1000 live births in Australia**.

With a committed purpose to promote the empowerment of women, Egoli Africa and BKFA are natural partners and BKFA are thrilled to contribute to their mission with the supply of Birthing Kits for a safe and clean birth.  The Good Shepherd Medical Centre in Kameke will support the program by recording how many birthing kits and to whom they are distributed. This data is critical as it will allow important analysis to be completed to measure the success of the program.

Egoli Africa say

" the kits are important to women as they now have some basics that will help them during delivery. Because most women give birth at home without any assistance, they don't have such materials. The materials are simple, but oh so important to have when giving birth”

Quite simply, the Birthing Kit is basic with just 7 small items included, but they are undeniably helping to give birthing women and their babies a better chance.

Will you help us to continue our work? Just $3 will provide one Birthing Kit.

To all our donors, thank you so much for your support of Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia).  To find out more about BKFA, please click here.

 

*District Health Office Data, Pallisa District, Eastern Uganda, 2015

**State of the World’s Mothers, Save the Children, 2015

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Sep 14, 2015

BKFA working with on the ground Partners

Receiving BKFA kits through Think Humanity
Receiving BKFA kits through Think Humanity

60 million women give birth each year with the assistance of a Traditional Birth Attendant or with no assistance at all.

The United Nations (W.H.O.) estimates that 385,000 women die annually in childbirth. Developing countries account for 99% of these deaths. For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections – many of which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong.

BKFA works with many grass-root organisations in remote locations to help ensure that more women can access a cleaner and safer birth environment.

One such partner is Think Humanity in Uganda.

“In 2009 while giving out mosquito nets in a very remote village in a refugee camp, a pregnant Congolese woman came up to Beth from Think Humanity. She did not speak English and she asked for a translator.

Tearfully she began to tell the story. Just that week her pregnant friend, Esther had gone to the camp clinic to deliver her first child. She was turned away because she did not have a plastic sheet or a “mama kit.”

Later they found her dead in the bush with her deceased baby lying alongside her.

Beth heard that these stories were all too common in refugee camps in Uganda.

When she returned to the USA, she searched online for birthing kits and e-mailed two organizations.

Being exhausted from traveling for two days, she went to bed. That next morning Beth woke to a positive response from Birthing Kit Foundation Australia.

This partnership has given hope to refugee women. Women like Esther no longer will be turned away to die, scared and alone in the bush.

The partnership between Think Humanity and BKFA is only possible due to generous donations from the public. In order to continue the creation and distribution of birthing kits, BKFA needs big-hearted supporters. For every $3 you donate, one more birthing kit can be distributed to women in need and the loss of women like Esther can help to be prevented.

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