Birth kit workshop makes a world of difference

JOIN Zonta for its annual birthing kit assembly workshop on July 4 and help save the lives of women during childbirth.

The United Nations estimates 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, with developing countries accounting for 99% of these deaths.

Birthing kits are designed to help create a clean birthing environment in order to reduce the risk of death from infection and bleeding.

Zontian and local GP obstetrician Danni Gitsham spent 2011 living and working in Papua New Guinea with Australian Doctors International, where she helped implement a birthing kit program in the New Island Province.

"Having been the recipient of Zonta birthing kits as a doctor, it means a lot to be working with my local Zonta club to assemble these kits," Dr Gitsham said.

"I would encourage anyone with a spare hour or two to come to the assembly workshop at Trinity College."

Each kit costs $3 and contains a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, gauze squares, cord ties and a sterile scalpel blade.

The workshop is on Saturday, July 4, at Trinity College from 9am-2pm.

If you would like to join or find out more information, visit here.



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