The aim of Zonta Birthing Kits is to reduce maternal and infant mortality, injury and infection. To do this, we fundraise to purchase supplies for and assemble basic birthing kits, which include soap and gloves, and send them to areas of need in developing countries. We also aim to educate students about the state of maternal and infant health globally.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. This huge health disparity is something that Zonta Birthing Kits wishes to highlight and challenge. The aim of Zonta Birthing Kits is to reduce maternal and infant mortality, injury and infection in developing countries. We fundraise to buy supplies for basic birthing kits and then host assembly nights where we put the kits together. The birthing kits include 6 items; a plastic sheet, soap, 2 gloves, sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares, and are vital for a safer delivery for mother and child. Since the project’s inception in 2010, we have sent over 4000 kits to areas of need in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. Zonta also runs educational events for students, with the hope of raising awareness about the health inequalities and state of maternal and infant health globally. By educating and raising awareness amongst the medical students of today, we hope to inspire passion for global maternal and infant health in the doctors of tomorrow.