Zonta Club Adelaide Hills started the Birthing Kit Project.
The project became the Zonta District 23 Birthing Kit project in 2004.
It has grown into a Birthing Kit Foundation which as now supplied over 1.8 million kits to women in remote regions of over 30 countries.
Winner of the inaugural Zonta International prize for the BEST District Service project in the world at the Zonta International convention in Orlando USA in 2014.
What is a Zonta Birthing Kit?
A Birthing Kit is a small transportable kit that holds the essential items needed to provide a safe and clean birthing environment.
These are distributed to women giving birth in remote regions of developing countries to be used by traditional birthing attendants.
The kits contain:
- 1m x 1m plastic sheet for the mother to lie on
- A piece of soap
- 2 gloves
- 5 gauze squares
- 3 cord ties or 2 clamps
- Sterile scalpel blade.
- All contained in a small press seal plastic bag.
The birthing kits are made at Assembly Days by Zonta members, family, friends and potential new members. 2000 birthing kits can be assembled in 4 hours with 40 volunteers. Zonta clubs make them in conjunction with schools, university students, Rotary clubs and church groups. Assembly Days are a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and for potential new members and friends to hear about our project.
How does the program work?
For every kit to be made the club donates $3 to the Birthing Kit Foundation for supplies to be sent to our Assembly Day coordinator. At a designated venue volunteers gather and assemble the supplies into kits. These are then boxed and sent to their destination.
The $3 pays for supplies, transport, logistics and about 50 cents per kit goes to community training programs of Traditional Birth Attendants.
For 1000 kits we need $3000.
How can you help?
- Volunteer to assist us at our next assembly day. Click here to volunteer
- Donate towards our club making more kits at its next assembly day
- Raise funds by holding events
- hold a baby shower and instead of gifts ask for donations to birthing kits
- have a lunch where everyone brings a plate and pays a donation
- hold a quiz night
- Make a donation to the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) in the name of someone special OR
- Contact the Birthing Kit Foundation and organise your own Assembly Day
Our club the Zonta Club Adelaide Hills started the Birthing Kit Project.
In 1999 the first 100kits were sent to PNG and were so effective in reducing maternal and child deaths that thousands more were requested.
It grew over the next 4 years to become a National Zonta project in 2004 with an AusAID grant. By 2005 the project was in over 30 countries, distributing over 100,000 kits per year by volunteers. 98% of kits arrived at their remote destination. For volunteers it was an amazing logistical exercise.
By 2006 the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) was formed with the original members of the Zonta Birthing Kit Committee being on the board. For more information www.bkfa.org.au
In 2012 the project reached 1 million kits made by volunteers in Australia. To celebrate Dr Luc Mulimbalimba our partner in DR Congo came to Australia to be the key note speaker at all celebration events.
In 2018 – 19 the Foundation expects to pass the 2 million kit mark.
Without the dedication and hard work of members of the Adelaide Hills Zonta club many thousands of women and babies would not be alive today. This project only survived with the dedication of a small group of women and the support of Zonta members across Australia.