Help Women in Remote Regions have Healthy Babies

by Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)
Vetted
Nov 15, 2011

Saving ethnic minority women in Ha Giang Vietnam

Mother with her baby born with a birthing kit
Mother with her baby born with a birthing kit

With your help sustainability is finally coming to Ha Giang Province, Vietnam.

Thanks to the support of our many donors we have been able to replicate successful training programs leading to the survival of many ethnic minority Hmuong women and babies.

With over 2,700 Traditional Birth Attendant / Health Workers trained by the BKFA, all Hmuong women are finally getting basic midwifery care in Ha Giang province, a remote mountainous region along the Chinese border. Deaths of mothers and babies in huts on the side of mountains days away from anyone were never recorded, so the true Maternal Mortality and Neonatal statistics were never known. Anecdotally the birth attendants ask for more kits as they see more mothers and babies surviving and having fewer infections with the use of the kits and the training.

The benefits of the training and clean delivery kits have been so valued by the health workers that from 2013 the Ha Giang Provincial Health Authorities have agreed to fund and make their own kits.

The ultimate wish of the Foundation is the right for all women to deliver in a hospital with a trained midwife or doctor. Until then, we will work towards true sustainability where the government takes over responsibility of the training and local kit production.

With your help we can continue to replicate this success in other provinces and countries.

Health workers training the birth attendants
Health workers training the birth attendants

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Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)

Location: Belair, SA - Australia
Website: http:/​/​www.bkfa.org.au
Project Leader:
Fiona Smith
Executive Director
Belair, SA Australia
$22,957 raised of $40,000 goal
 
394 donations
$17,043 to go
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