The gift of birthing kits reduces mothers' financial burden
By Nicole Marshall - Marketing Manager
Joyful mothers and their newborns in Zimbabwe
Our field partner, Aid for Africa Down Under (AFADU) are supporting women in Zimbabwe.
They provided us with this testimonial about the importance of birthing kits to ensure a healthy birth and reduce a pregnant mothers' financial burden.
"Living and working in this community as a local health care worker, I experience every day what it means to the local population to be assisted in this small but very important way. We are at a point where as a hospital we either don’t have the funds or can't receive the basic medicines like Paracetamol through lack of stock in the national pharmacy.
We sometimes run out of gloves or disinfection and are trying our best to treat the patients as best a we can. Pregnant women have to travel to the next town, 3 hrs on a very bad dirt road by car, and have to get their own supplies and bring it to the hospital for the delivery.
Costs are enormous. To give you and idea: a teacher or /nurse earns about 300 bond dollar per month, whereas the transport itself with the bus currently costs about 80 Bond dollars to get to town and back, not taking into account the cost for material, medicines and food.
Now seeing that 95% of the population in this area are working as self-sustainable farmers, that are suffering due to a bad drought, people are not able to cover these costs.
When AFADU can provide women with the important materials for delivery (birthing kits) and distribute them free of charge is a blessing for each and every pregnant women and we are very grateful for that.”
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