A local organisation has worked together to support mothers in countries like Kenya, India and Papua New Guinea.
Christine Denmead from Zonta Club in Geelong said volunteers assembled around 1,000 birthing kits used to help prevent infections during childbirth.
“Quite often the mother’s giving birth are quite young.”
“They can do that in a hut, with a dirt floor.”
“We can go to hospital with all the care in the world, but these women have nothing other than a rusty pair of scissors….so the infection rate can be pretty horrendous.”
“The Zonta Club of Geelong has supported this great cause for over 14 years and in that time made approximately 14,000 kits.”
The kits are 6 items, including biodegradable plastic sheets, soap, gloves sterile scalpel blade and gauze squares.
If you would like to help go to www.zontageelong.org.au
Zonta international is a global service organisation and local members are involved to help empower women through services and advocacy.