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600 kits to help expectant mothers

St Peters students help pack birthing kits last year.
St Peters students help pack birthing kits last year.

SIX hundred birthing kits assembled in Greater Springfield will be sent to developing nations to support women and babies.

The Zonta Club of Greater Springfield in conjunction with the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia and St Peter's Lutheran College in Springfield will once again be supporting a Birthing Kit project and assembly day in the local community.

President of Greater Springfield Zonta, Cindy Kenny said this was the third year the club was undertaking the birthing kit project and was hoping to grow the project over the next few years.

"This is a project very close to the hearts of many of our Zonta Club members here in Greater Springfield and we are delighted that St Peter's Lutheran College has agreed to partner with us again", Ms Kenny said.

"Disposable delivery kits are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an essential tool for use by birth attendants when a delivery occurs at home, and particularly in emergency settings.

"There is evidence from around the world demonstrating that these kits prevent childbirth-related infections and also act to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies".

Ms Kenny said the birthing kits, consisting of plastic sheet, soap, gloves, gauze, cord/string and a sterile blade. will be assembled by members and St Peter's College students in a special assembly afternoon on Wednesday September 5 from 3pm - 6pm.

"It is particularly heartening to see so many of the students from Years 11 and 12 get involved in the Birthing Kit Project and we are very grateful to the school for their ongoing support", Ms Kenny said.

"Our club works closely with Birthing Kit Foundation Australia to ensure the kits are delivered to those women most in need. They currently work with dozens of field partners in Asia, Africa, The Pacific and The Caribbean, with the majority of kits sent to sub-Saharan Africa".

This year, the club also worked with the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in Wacol to have 600 plastic sheets for the kits folded by the women prisoners and with the Springfield Lakes Girl Guides who cut up soaps to fit into the kits.

The Birthing Kit project is just one of the projects which the Zonta Club of Greater Springfield undertakes each year - as they work to improve the legal, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.

"We are always looking for new women members to join our club and support our efforts both locally and globally to empower women", said Ms Kenny.

Zonta Club of Greater Springfield can be reached at gspringfieldzonta@gmail.com or through Facebook www.facebook.com/ZontaGreaterSpringfield/

Topics:  birth birthing kits developing nations mums and babies pregnant women