An Afar girl who will one day use a birthing kit
Success!!! 3 organisations in Ethiopia are now make their own birthing kits, while providing an income for disadvantaged women.
Over 30,000 birthing kits were made locally in Ethiopia.
The program targets impoverished women who earn an income while assembling kits so as to become more independent.
A recent monitoring visit in November 2012 by two BKFA directors reinforced the success of this program that spreads across Ethiopia to the Afar, Tigray and central regions.
Thank you for making it possible for women in these regions to look after their own women and babies – sustainability is being achieved.
Desta Mender is an extension of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. It is where women with untreatable fistulas from severe childbirth injury, live in beautiful surroundings and now call home. The production of their 10,000 kits was part of the re-integration program for 5 women who were each paid 5000 Birr. They formed the “Birthing Kit Club” with the aim to make them financially independent. As the project coordinator writes “we have learnt that they are waiting for the second phase with bated breath”
At Abraham’s Oasis in Tigray region there is one qualified nurse and one vulnerable woman, who are assembling the kits and being paid 350 Birr per month. They are employing an extra helper to finish the making of their 10,000 kits in time.
In the Afar region Valerie Browning through the Afar Pastoralist Development Association organised for 10,000 kits to be made. Similarly local people were employed to make the kits. To accompany this there was also extra training of the Health Extension Workers with 73 from 36 kabelles attending a 1 day course – again funded by the BKFA.
The Foundation again thanks its supporters who have enabled us to initiate early sustainability through 3 partner organisations to large sections of Ethiopia.
Mother and baby inside their home