What We Do

Around 300,000 women and 2.5 million newborns die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. To help address this, we provide an opportunity for Australian volunteers to fundraise for and engage in the assembly of Birthing Kits.

We partner with local organisations and health service providers that work in low-resource and emergency settings to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. We donate Birthing Kits to approved organisations for distribution to pregnant women and maternal healthcare providers to help enable a safe and cleaner birthing environment. We also provide funding for collaborative and sustainable community development projects, supported by research and advocacy, for improved maternal and newborn outcomes.

The Birthing Kit

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  • Gauze

    to wipe clear the newborn baby’s eyes, and to clean the mother’s perineum prior to giving birth

  • A Plastic Sheet

    to prevent the mother and newborn coming into contact with the ground or an unhygienic surface

  • Soap

    to wash the birth attendant's hands and the mother’s perineum

  • Cord Ties

    to cleanly tie the umbilical cord

  • Sterile Blade

    to cut the umbilical cord cleanly and reduce risk of newborn tetanus and sepsis

  • Gloves

    to cover the birth attendant's hands and provide protection from infections such as HIV for carers and care recipients

Where We Work

We work with many partner organisations around the world and have a growing focus in East Africa and South Asia. We target developing countries and regions that experience a disproportionate share of maternal and newborn mortality.

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