Zonta president Lois James is calling for volunteers to help pack birthing kits on Saturday, May 21.
Zonta president Lois James is calling for volunteers to help pack birthing kits on Saturday, May 21. Emma Channon

Zonta club helps third world mums

THE differences between Warwick and any third world country are glaringly obvious, but nowhere is it more apparent than when it comes to child birth.

While Warwick mums-to-be have access to hospitals and medical help, often pregnant women in developing countries have only the comforts of a dirt floor.

Frighteningly, it is estimated every minute one woman will die as a result of complications from childbirth.

The Warwick Zonta club is working to improve births in developing countries and is calling for volunteers to help pack a series of birthing kits.

Included in a birthing kit is a small plastic sheet, two latex gloves, cord ties, soap, scalpel and some swabs. It doesn’t seem like much, but Zonta president Lois James said it would improve the outcome for thousands of mums and unborn babies in developing countries.

“Often the packs go to teaching resources, where they teach midwives what they need to do to have a clean birth,” she said.

“There’s a real need for these materials. It’s really quite frightening how many women give birth in third world countries and they don’t have much at all.

“The infant and maternal mortality rate is really high, mainly from infections around birth.”

The birthing kits have been sourced from the Birthing Kit Foundation and will be transported to one of 30 countries, usually to Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea or Kenya.

While every kit will be helping a mum and new bub, Mrs James said there was still “a lot further to go”.

“The United Nations has certain objectives for the millennium that they want to reach. One of them is women having a clean birth and really, we’re not getting very far with it at all,” she said.

“There are still a lot of women out there that don’t have any medical help when they give birth.”

Phone Lois James on 0437 619 711 for more information.

The Zonta Club of Warwick are calling for volunteers to help pack birthing kits.

When: Saturday, May 21, from 9am.
Where: Scots Dining Hall, East St.
Who: Contact president Lois James on 0437 619 711 for more information.



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