According to the World Health Organization – Every minute, at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth – that means 287 000 women a year. In addition, for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each year.
Five direct complications account for most of maternal deaths: haemorrhage , infection, unsafe abortion, eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures –, and obstructed labour. While these are the main causes of maternal death, unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, or poor quality care is fundamentally responsible. Maternal deaths are detrimental to social development and wellbeing, as some one million children are left motherless each year. These children are more likely to die within 1-2 years of their mothers’ death.
Women should not die in childbirth. We must give a young woman the information and support she needs to control her reproductive health, help her through a pregnancy, and care for her and her newborn well into childhood. The vast majority of maternal deaths and infections in rural 3rd world areas could be prevented by supplying medical clinics with Clean Birth Kits. Our volunteer mission enables us to reach out to pregnant women directly in rural villages and hand deliver birth kits to them. Most of these women cannot afford the small medical fees or the transport fees to birth their child in a district hospital. They will birth at home on their own, without help.
It only takes $5 to save one mother and child from death by providing her with a kit. To date we have hand delivered over 150 Birth Kits in Western Kenya. Our goal is to make Clean Birth Kits available on an ongoing basis and to maintain a stock of 1000 kits. We need your help. With your donation we are able to increase or accessibility and our available resources. Please click the donate button and contribute to our Birth Kit Fund SAVE A LIFE!
Photo Gallery of our distribution of kits in Kenya