Kit supply and capacity building partnerships
BKFA does not have any presence overseas, but rather works with partner organisations who are based in country and work at the grass roots level to reach the most vulnerable women that we aim to assist. We are very appreciative of the fantastic partners that we work with to carry out this important work. BKFA aims to provide women with a clean and safe birthing environment by:
- making and distributing birthing kits to women in remote and rural regions of developing countries, targeting predominantly home birth, where the only assistance may be from a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) or with no assistance at all.
- promoting sustainable change through the prevention of harmful birthing practices by funding training programs for health workers and traditional birth attendants, in consultation with local stake holders and health authorities in the course design and content.
- encouraging sustainability through in country kit production at the community level.
The kits are distributed with the assistance of a health professional who gives instructions on how to use the kits correctly and dispose of the waste safely. Annually over 140,000 women who give birth in remote regions of developing countries are the recipients of our kits.
The Foundation works with a number of partner organisations to deliver our programs in country. These partners are carefully screened to comply with conditions that ensure accountability to our supporters is respected. Our partner organisations are required to:
- Undertake an application and approval process
- Ensure that mothers or birth attendants are trained in the correct use of kits and the safe disposal of waste products (especially scalpel blades)
- Report on the receipt of kits and how they are used (in clinics/home births etc.) and by whom (midwives/health care workers/mothers etc.)
- Monitor and report on the effectiveness of the kits on the incidence of maternal and newborn mortality and infection
- Monitor and report on the impact of the birthing kits on the community and if they result in a change of birthing practices, even when birthing kits are unavailable
- Work towards a sustainable solution such as making birthing kits locally
- Accord due respect to the dignity, values, history and culture of the people with whom we work and distribute the kits without discrimination based on religion, race, political beliefs or marital status
- Refrain from placing political or religious messages in the kits or distributing such messages with the kits
Our partners are essential to our kit distribution and training programs – you can find out more about them here. If you are interested in becoming a partner organisation, click here for more information.