One of our Club’s major annual service projects is assembling birthing kits to be sent to a developing country. Birthing kits providing a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality.
Every day, around 830 women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. An estimated 303,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections. Most women we assist for reasons of isolation, cultural choice or poor transport have little or no assistance during childbirth. By providing a clean birthing kit these mothers have the resources to reduce infection.
Birthing kits cost as little as $5 each.
Zonta Breast Care Cushions
The Zonta Breast Care Cushions provide comfort to women (and men) in the post-operative phase of breast surgery. Our club holds sewing bees to make the cushion, which are supplied to hospitals around Melbourne and distributed by Breast Care Nurses.
The feedback received from recipients has been positive, with one woman noting that receiving the cushion was a turning point for her in helping to change her outlook and feel more positive.