We are determined to continue Caring for the Kiriwian people.
1. DISPOSIBLE BIRTHING KITS
We have created a network of dedicated volunteers to help in the ongoing packing and distribution of the disposible Birthing Kits. Any donations will be used to purchase contents, freight to the Island, purchase of warm jackets for the midwives, purchase of kerosene for the lamps, keeping the mobile accounts for our constant communication with the Island in credit.
HOW DO BIRTHING KITS WORK?
A Birthing Kit works by providing the 7 cleans for a clean birth:
- Clean birth site – preventing delivery onto the floor
- Clean hands – to prevent the birth attendant transmitting germs to mother and baby
- Clean ties – to prevent bleeding from the umbilical cord for mother and baby.
- Clean razor – to reduce infection caused by other implements
- Clean gauze – to wipe away birth canal secretions from the eyes, to decrease future eye infections
- Clean umbilical cord – washing and drying the stumps prevents infection
- Clean perineum
THE CONTENTS OF A KIRIWINA BIRTHING KIT
1m x 1m plastic sheet for the mother to lie on
A piece of soap
3 gauze squares
3 cord ties or 2 clamps
Sterile scalpel blade. All contained in a small press seal plastic bag.
We have translated the instructions on the packaging into the Kiriwian language. We have strict rules on disposal of the kits and direct communication via mobile phones with Kiriwian nationals on the island who supply a weekly report on proceedings.
We supply over 100 midwives (Village Health Volunteers) from the following villages: Kavataria, Mulosaida, Kwemtula, Osesuia, Oyuvayova, Tukwaukwa, Wabutuma, Luya, Bwetalu, Loubuwa, Siviyagila, Kudukweikela, Kepwapu, Kuluwa, Buduweilaka. We have supplied 30 uniforms and need to supply another 70 midwife uniforms.
Thank you to the midwife co-ordinators: Lois, Florence, Dorothy, Dulcie, Dorin and Roda
In-Country managers: Toks Bwaina and Lepani Ahab and Mr Ariston Pesiana.
We would like to thank the following people for all their support:
Kylie and Diana Adams, Sue Thomas, Lone Sumbulla (our Brisbane representative), Dr Nadg Farag, Mary Jonmanssen, Jeff Keating, Monica Hitchinson, The Lawton Family (Ralph, Doug, Dave, Jenny and Jodi Lawton), Toks Bwaina, Dinah Siotama, The Yarralumla Uniting Church, P&O Cruises Joanna Dyson, Entertainment Director Pacific Aria and the Global Development Group.
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