Written by Keira Wallace

According to the World Health Organisation more than 800 women die every day due to complications from giving birth.

Countries such as Uganda, Afghanistan and Tanzania account for more than 95 percent of these deaths.

The Birthing Kit Foundation in partnership with World Vision Vision Sisters are trying to reduce these statistics through supply of clean birthing kits.

Vision Sisters Source: World Vision
Vision Sisters
Source: World Vision

Mariska Meldrum from World Vision, Founder of Vision sisters says statistics between a country such as Uganda and Australia are vastly different.

“About one in 49 women will die in childbirth,” she said.

“To put this into context in Australia around five women die per 100,000 births, they face a much higher risk of death.”

In Uganda, 43 percent of women are delivering in unclean conditions without a skilled birthing attendant.

Vision Sisters in Uganda Source: World Vision
Vision Sisters in Uganda
Source: World Vision

Infection during birth is a key contributor of maternal death and items such as clean gloves and a birthing sheet can reduce the risk of infection.

The World Health Organisation says most of the deaths occur in low resource environments and are preventable.

Complications such as severe bleeding, infection, and similar complications account for nearly 75 per cent of maternal deaths.

Access to clean birthing kits can reduce the risk of infection and only cost a few dollars each to produce.

Birthing Kits Contents Source: World Vision
Birthing Kits Contents
Source: World Vision

Ms Meldrum says the partnership between the Birthing Kit Foundation and World Vision, Vision sisters has been beneficial in making a difference.

“The two organisations have come together to really make an impact of the lives of our sisters overseas,” she said.