The Birthing Kit Project is a non-profit organisation run by medical students with the overarching aim to reduce maternal and infant mortality, injury and infection. According to the World Health Organisation, around 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth each day. This works out to roughly one person every two minutes. Furthermore, 98% of these deaths are thought to be preventable by ensuring hygienic practices at the time of birth.
Birthing Kits raises money to purchase supplies which are assembled by students into birthing kits and sent to developing countries to dramatically improve infant and maternal health. Each kit contains a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, gauze and cord ties, and are designed to provide a clean and safe birth for both mother and infant. Since the project’s inception at UWA in 2010, over 7800 kits have been assembled and sent to areas of need in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
We hold fundraising events and birthing kit assembly evenings at UWA and in the wider community and encourage attendance from anyone with a passion to help make a difference to the wellbeing of women and children in developing areas.
If you would like to keep up to date with our events please visit the Interhealth Facebook page, or you can contact us at [email protected]