This year HOPE4HEALTH International held their annual Birthing Kits Assembly Evening in support of the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Each birthing kit contains 6 basic items – a plastic sheet, 2 gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares, all packaged into one small bag. The Foundation sends these kits to rural areas in India, Africa or Papua New Guinea, where they help to save the lives of tens of thousands of women and babies by reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.
The night itself involved a speech from Griffith’s Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, David Ellwood, before we packaged a total of 400 kits. We were blown away by the support we received on the night, with approximately 70 of Griffith’s Allied Health students joining together for such a great cause. We hope that everyone left feeling enlightened about the issues that women face in these less fortunate parts of the world. In the next month, we will find out where exactly our kits may end up, so please keep an eye on HOPE4HEALTH’s Facebook page for this news, and for any of our future events you may like to attend!
Thanks again to Professor Ellwood for generously donating his time to speak to us and to everyone who attended to help out on the night!