St Mary’s students help the Ipswich Zonta club package 1000 birthing kits to send to Third World countries.
St Mary’s students help the Ipswich Zonta club package 1000 birthing kits to send to Third World countries. Rob Williams

Birthing kits sent to Third World countries

STUDENTS at St Mary's College have put together 1000 birthing kits to help women in Africa.

The students packed the kits, which help reduce the chance of infection during child birth and are sent to Third World countries.

The kits contain a one square metre plastic sheet, a piece of soap, two gloves, five gauze squares, three cord ties and a sterile scalpel blade.

Students from every year level at the school helped to put the kits together.

The girls carefully put the kits together, wearing gloves to ensure the kits remained clean until they arrived at the destination.

St Mary's vice-captain Annie-rose Forsyth said the students appreciated being able - through the birthing kits - to help someone they will probably never meet.

"The birthing kits are really simplistic but they greatly increase the survival rates of the mother and child who use them," she said.

"I think it's such an easy way of making a difference in someone's life."

Ipswich Zonta Club member Margaret Llewellyn said the club had enjoyed a three-year association with the school.

She said the Zonta Club first took on the project in 2006.

The birthing kits are sent to Adelaide where they are distributed to Madagascar and Papua New Guinea.


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