Life­sav­ing birthing kits set for less for­tu­nate

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

LO­CAL vol­un­teers banded to­gether last month to pack 600 kits to help women in un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries give birth in a healthy way.

The Ro­tary Club of Como and the youth In­ter­ac­tor mem­bers packed kits with plas­tic sheets, soap, gloves, a scalpel, string and gauze into boxes.

Como Ro­tary Club spokes­woman Sa­man­tha Fewster said the kits might seem sim­ple to Aus­tralian so­ci­ety but would go a long way in other coun­tries.

“It seems sim­ple to us, es­pe­cially since we have ac­cess to hos­pi­tals but they can eas­ily save a life in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try,” she said.

“We take so much for granted here in Aus­tralia and to think that a clean scalpel and string could lower the chance of dis­ease and blood loss re­ally opens your eyes to how lucky we are.”

Money was raised for the kits in Novem­ber last year, when the club or­gan­ised a com­mu­nity bub­ble soc­cer com­pe­ti­tion.

“We were able to pur­chase 200 birthing kits, with the Ro­tary Club of Como pur­chas­ing an­other 400,” Ms Fewster said. “We chose to sup­port this cause be­cause some of our mem­bers had pre­vi­ously heard about the project, and it would be a great way for our mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in a hands-on ac­tiv­ity.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the club’s projects or to get in­volved, visit http://www. co­moro­

The group from lo­cal Ro­tary clubs with the fin­ished birthing kits.

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