Help Women in Remote Villages Have Healthy Babies

by Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)
Expectant Mother receives a birthing kit
Expectant Mother receives a birthing kit

Uganda Australia Christian Outreach reports on positive impact thanks to Birthing Kits!

A recent report received from one of BKFA’s partners, Uganda Australia Christian Outreach makes for positive reading.

The organisation summarises that further to the receipt of Birthing Kits, midwives are sent to each region where they train traditional birth attendants (TBAs) on the importance and use of the Birthing Kit. Here, they emphasise the necessity of opening the kit at the time of birth for sterility and ensure that the importance of the use of gloves and soap is communicated, given the high prevalence of HIV and hepatitis B. With the increased number of trained TBAs in rural areas, more women have access to support with a Birthing Kit during delivery.

Positive Change!

With the introduction of Birthing Kits, particularly in very hard to reach areas, habits such as biting the umbilical cord (which was spreading infections such as HIV and hepatitis) have greatly reduced. The incidence of tetanus and eye infections have also lessened. And, with traditional birth attendants in rural areas and midwives in clinics using Birthing Kits, excessive bleeding at birth has also reduced.

After the baby is born, mothers are encouraged to attend postnatal visits where an examination is made for infection.   And to date, those midwives and TBAs supplied with kits have not yet reported cases of infections. Uganda Australia Christian Outreach says that midwives, TBAs and the mothers are very grateful. There has been a notable reduction in maternal and child mortality rates and traditional birth attendants have been trained with improved skills for delivery of babies.

The Birthing Kit is a simple yet effective intervention, and costs just $3. Without funding, essential and life changing work like this simply can’t be completed. Your donation to BKFA helps to buy Birthing Kits and fund important training programs. To donate, please click here.

Thank you so much for your support.


Traditional birth attendants receive training
Traditional birth attendants receive training

Managed by the Society for Women’s Education and Awareness Development (SWEAD), India, a significant training program funded by BKFA was recently completed.

The overall goal of the training was to help reduce the number of child and maternal deaths through improved delivery and child care practices. This was addressed by improving the skills of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), teaching TBAs to perform deliveries more safely with the use of the Birthing Kit, discouraging harmful practices, recognising danger signs and referring women with complications to facilities where essential obstetric care is available. Equipping TBAs with the skills required to assist women with complications during childbirth can go a long way in ensuring the survival of the mother and newborn.

For the low-caste and very poor women of the community, health services are unaffordable, or simply not available. SWEAD has been working with BKFA for the past 5 years to improve the conditions for birthing mothers, to educate birth attendants and to raise awareness of birthing issues in the wider community. This particular program, which took place in 2015 and 2016 sought to provide training to Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), volunteers, husbands, caretakers and adolescent girls in over 100 villages of the Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu State in India.

It’s not always easy. Many parents and community leaders think that training for young girls is sex education and will encourage promiscuous and irresponsible behaviour. In truth, adolescent girls must have proper knowledge of adolescent health in order to allow them to become healthy, productive and responsible adults.  

SWEAD report that despite some of the barriers, the training program was successfully completed, reaching hundreds. Around 250 TBAs completed the training with collective feedback demonstrating how invaluable they feel to the remote rural societies in which they live and work – filling a critical gap and helping to save lives.

Without funding, essential and life changing work like this simply can’t be completed. Your donation to BKFA helps to buy Birthing Kits and fund important training programs like this.

Thank you for your support.

Traditional birth attendants receive training
Traditional birth attendants receive training


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.




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


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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Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)

Location: Belair, SA - Australia
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Fiona Smith
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Belair, SA Australia
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