Stories from the field

23 May 2017


Women receive Birthing Kits

BKFA partner Think Humanity, Uganda have a simple mission; “To help save lives and provide hope for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa by improving provisions for healthcare, clean water, education and socio-economic development”. We hear from Think Humanity how BKFA Birthing Kits are distributed .

The areas where Birthing Kits are delivered include refugee camps and underdeveloped communities, where many are isolated from shops and resources. The income of the people in these areas is extremely low.

Think Humanity organises outreaches to communities and community health centres. During these outreaches, birthing kits are distributed to all pregnant mothers present. Kits are also left at the health facility to be given out to mothers who arrive to deliver without a birthing kit.

Interestingly, Birthing kits are usually given to pregnant women with a mosquito net. The reason being that in the second trimester there is a 50 percent chance of a pregnant woman getting malaria and losing her baby.

Birthing kits are also handed out to pregnant women during Think Humanity Women’s Health Days which happen around 3 to 4 times a year.

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Young mother cradles newborn in Mama Maya blanket

A mobile nursing officer with the Think Humanity Health Center Kyangwali staff and the entire Think Humanity team conducts demonstrations and gives health talks around use and disposal of birthing kits.

Additionally, Think Humanity have hired their own nurse, Nabakooza Jane; a graduate from Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda. She helps in delivering birthing kits and baby blankets, donated by BKFA business partner Mama Maya.