It is amazing how something that simple and inexpensive can save lives.
A woman in Sub Saharan Africa has a 1 in 31 lifetime chance of dying from childbirth. Malawi is 11th worst for infant mortality and 3rd worst for maternal mortality in the world.
For less than $1.00 in materials, we provide a kit that contains all that is needed to assure the clean birth of a child. The kit includes a bar of soap, a single-edged razor blade, string for tying the cord, a pair of surgical gloves, sterile gauze pads, and a large sheet of plastic. We also provide instruction in hygiene and how to correctly use each part of the kit. Volunteers in the US assemble these clean birth kits for free distribution.
Typically, an expectant mother cannot afford to go to a clinic to give birth and will be assisted by a sister, friend, or neighbor. A woman living in a rural village, far from any medical assistance, will give birth on her cot or on the floor. The cord may be cut with a pair of scissors or a kitchen knife and may be tied with any material available, including a thin root or a blade of grass.
As a result, many babies die from cord infection and many mothers die from sepsis. Sepsis occurs when bacteria are introduced into a woman’s body during childbirth and as her bloodstream is overwhelmed with bacteria. The mother’s blood pressure drops, and she goes into shock as major organs begin to shut down. All of this is easily preventable with a birthing kit and good instructions in proper hygiene.
Birthing kits are distributed free of charge. A designated gift to this ministry will be used 100% to assemble birthing kits.
We invite you to make a donation to this life saving effort. Your gift will save lives.