Every hour 33 women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. An estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections.
In 2003, District 23 adopted the Zonta Birthing Kit project that was proposed by the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills. This project involves clubs arranging birthing kit assembly days to put together simple clean birthing kits that are sent to help birthing assistants in developing countries.
The kits cost $3 each and consist of a sheet of plastic, gauze, string, a blade, soap and gloves. Over one million birthing kits have been sent overseas so far.
The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) has been formed to oversee this project. Individuals and clubs are encouraged to become members of the BKFA. The project has also been adopted by District 22 and District 24 – so is a truly all-of-Australia Zonta project. Find out more at https://www.bkfa.org.au/
This project was recognised as the top Zonta International District Project at the Zonta International Convention held in Orlando in 2014.