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Zonta Birthing Kit assembly - Monday 11 October

Zonta Birthing Kit assembly - Monday 11 October

Author: Marion Rutter and Desiree Duvenage
Author Role: Social Justice Coordinators

This year, CHAC's Social Justice Committee members in Years 8 to 12 will prepare 800 birthing kits on Monday 11 October from 3.20pm till 5pm in collaboration with the Brisbane Zonta ladies. These kits will be sent to woman in need overseas. We are very grateful to see CHAC students offering service to others. 

Zonta Birthing Kits information

Every hour, 33 women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. An estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections.

The Zonta Birthing Kit project involves clubs/schools arranging birthing kit assembly days to put together simple clean birthing kits that are sent to help birthing assistants in developing countries.

The kits consist of a sheet of plastic, gauze, string, a blade, soap and gloves. Over one million birthing kits have been sent overseas so far. The plastic bag and the plastic sheet are now treated with an organic compound that helps the plastic break down. The kits are now known as Earth Kits.

As of mid-2020, 2.2 million women experienced a safer birth through access to clean birthing kits.