In 2010 YWAM Australia (my husband and I work as full time volunteers with this organisation) acquired it’s own medical ship, based in Townsville, with a focus on providing aid to Papua New Guinea, our nearest neighbour. Doctors, dentists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, nurses, midwives, educators, and many others, volunteer to provide aid to those in need through mobile clinics on our ship and on land.
As a former midwife I often find myself involved informally in maternal and child health. As a grand-parent I am very involved!! This is always something close to my heart.
In rural Papua New Guinea 1 in 7 women die in childbirth and that rate is simply unacceptable.
This is one of the heart-breaking stats that we are working to see changed!!
I want to introduce you to my friend and colleague, Adriel (based in Townsville, currently on a trip to PNG distributing birth kits) and her initiative: Bloggers for birth kits.
Birth kits are a really basic resource for mothers or birth workers in PNG a kit costs around $2 – $3 and can be easily made. The concept is simple – to have a clean space for the mother to give birth (a piece of plastic), some soap for hand washing, some gloves for the birth attendant, some string for the cord and a sterile blade. Each of these kits are given with education. They are a tool used to increase childbirth education in this nation, and thus significantly reduce pregnancy and birth complications.
A large number of clean birth kits have been put together by people from all over, especially Australia. Would you like to help? It really is very simple. Adriel has more stories on her blog and shares details of how you can partner with us in this project.
We’d also love to hear from you if you are interested in helping achieve positive change for maternal and child health in PNG.