Gympie Zonta birth kits save mums and babies

GYMPIE Zonta Club is supporting the Birthing Kit Foundation and helping save overseas women and their babies from an easily-preventable death.

The club is holding a birthing kit assembly day on October 13 from 10am at St Peter's Hall, Lady Mary Terrace.

A birthing kit saves mothers and newborns in developing countries from preventable infections that cause death and disability.

The kits are very basic, containing a plastic sheet, a scalpel, gauze, soap, cord and gloves, all packed into a zip-lock bag.

Costing less than a cup of coffee at $3 to make, the kits are delivered to Birthing Kits Foundation partners.

They are distributed to the most marginalised areas in Afghanistan, Africa, Asia and the Pacific where being pregnant and having a baby is one of the most life threatening things you can do as a woman.

The United Nations World Health Organisation estimates 385,000 women die each year during childbirth and for every one of these women another 30 incur lifelong injuries or infections that leave them crippled.

That's 10 million women seriously affected every year.

It is amazing such basic items stand between the life and possible death of a mother and her child, and we are easily able to make a real difference.

Gympie Zonta needs volunteers for its assembly day, which has in the past always been a lot of fun.

To find out more about how you can hold an assembly day or donate, visit Birthing Kit Foundation.

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