Around 300,000 women and 3 million newborns die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries.
The Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia (see website) provides a valuable service around the world partnering with local organisations and health service providers that work in low-resource and emergency settings to improve maternal and newborn health.
A number of Rotary Clubs fund and coordinate events where birthing kits are prepared for distribution overseas. Our club was delighted to bring this wonderful activity to Mawson Lakes. Combining efforts with the Rotary Club of Henley Beach we packaged 400 kits. Over 40 people turned up to help on the day. We plan to do it again.