The Zonta Club of Bendigo is seeking volunteers for its annual birthing kit assembly day.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s language centre is the venue for this year’s event, which runs from 9.30am until about 3pm on Saturday, September 15.
The kits provide a clean birthing environment for women and their babies, helping to reduce the risk of infection-related deaths. Preventable infection is estimated to claim 385,000 mothers’ lives each year.
Each of the small, lightweight kits contains a plastic sheet, gauze, a sterile scalpel blade, clean cord, and soap and gloves.
One in every 11 kits is estimated to save a mother or a baby’s life.
The club aims to produce 2000 kits and has raised $6000 for the effort.
Bookings are not necessary, and volunteers are welcome to attend next Saturday’s assembly day for as long as they can spare.
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