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Zonta needs help with annual birthing kit project

HELP NEEDED: GP obstetrician Danni Gitshan and Zonta are calling out for helpers to put together the birthing kits to send internationally.
HELP NEEDED: GP obstetrician Danni Gitshan and Zonta are calling out for helpers to put together the birthing kits to send internationally. Brenda Strong

IT might seem very basic, but it makes the world of difference.

The Zonta Birthing Kit Workshop is back and the women from Zonta need the Gladstone community's help.

The workshop, on July 19 at Trinity College, involves volunteers packing small kits to send to women in countries such as Ethiopia, Africa, Asia and Afghanistan.

Birthing Kit Workshop co-ordinator and GP Superclinic obstetrician Danni Gitshan said the more the merrier on the day.

"We want to put 2000 kits together," she said.

"Anyone in the community can come and assemble them.."

Dr Gitshan said the United Nations estimated 385,000 women die each year during childbirth and developing countries account for 99% of these deaths.

"The kits help reduce child mortality," she said.

"The knives that are lying around on the ground in those tents are used for cutting the umbilical cord and can be contaminated.

"They can kill the baby."

The kits are made of black plastic, gloves, soap, string, gauze and a scalpel blade.

A donation of $3 provides a woman with a kit. For details, see the Zonta Facebook page.

Topics:  birthing kits charity gladstone whatson womens health zonta



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