Basic maternal and newborn healthcare is essential, yet the world’s most vulnerable and hardest to reach women and communities do not have access to clean and safe birthing environments.
We achieve long-term gains in reproductive, maternal and newborn health for vulnerable populations through our community development projects and partnerships.
We improve maternal and newborn survival by increasing access to basic, clean supplies for childbirth. In the last decade we have sent more than 1.65 million Birthing Kits to organisations around the world.
One woman’s story of childbirth in Uganda and the hope and empowerment that a Birthing Kit brings
REACHING THOSE FURTHEST BEHIND
BKFA's focus on reaching the most vulnerable mothers and newborns is a key program strategy and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals agenda and its commitment to ‘leave no one behind’.
Using simple, evidence-based interventions—such as Birthing Kits—we target the needs of poor, marginalised and hard-to-reach mothers. In every developing region, the poorest women are least likely to have a skilled attendant during delivery and face the highest risk of dying in childbirth. Health systems are also the weakest and least resourced in rural areas. The majority of our Birthing Kits reach mothers in rural and remote locations.
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INCREASING GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Our growing focus in Eastern Africa and South Asia enables us to prioritise our work with some of the world’s highest-need populations. These two regions contain countries with diverse and often complex environmental, political and humanitarian situations. A regional focus strengthens our capacity to effectively build relationships and monitor our programs in the field. In Eastern Africa we support collaborative maternal and newborn survival projects in Ethiopia and Uganda. In South Asia, we are developing avenues for broader engagement in India.
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CREATING SUSTAINED CHANGE
We plan for long-term social and behavioural change to improve the lives of mothers, newborns, and their communities in the future. We believe that most maternal and newborn deaths can be avoided if all women have access to basic healthcare during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum periods.
We work closely with our Field Partners and local stakeholders to develop effective, community-driven interventions that address context-specific causes of poor childbirth outcomes. Our work on harm-reduction combats harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage, and gives a generation of young girls the opportunity for good health during future childbearing years.
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