“Just about the most dangerous thing a Somali woman can do is
become pregnant, but Edna… is changing that.”
Reusable feminine hygiene kits to Sub-Saharan Africa
Birthing kits to Edna Adan's Hospital in Somaliland
Since opening in 2002, Edna Adan Hospital has delivered over 18,000 children. The hospital is a training institution for nurses, midwives, laboratory technicians and pharmacists. Her goal is to flood Somaliland with trained midwives that will provide the knowledge and skills so acutely needed throughout Somaliland.
Why birthing kits?
“Somaliland has some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in Africa. Clean birthing kits reduce the risk of infection for both mother and child.”
What is in a birthing kit?
disposable pad (to be placed beneath the laboring mother)
small bar of soap
sterile gloves (2 pairs)
sterile surgical blade (to cut the umbilical cord)
string (to tie the umbilical cord)
sterile gauze pads (for wiping face of the newly delivered infant)
cotton cloth (2-1 yard pieces of fabric to wrap infant with for warmth)
sanitary pads (for after delivery)
Feminine hygiene products are expensive and rare in Sub-Saharan Africa. This means many young women are forced to miss school several days a month during their menstrual period. Month by month, they fall further behind in their studies; repeated absences lead to high dropout rates for girls in primary and secondary schools.
To ease the problem, GRATIS delivered 194 reusable feminine hygiene kits to a girls’ school in South Sudan to help raise the secondary school completion rate for these girls. For $10 per kit, each of these girls now has feminine hygiene protection for up to three years.
Girls in Uganda face the same challenge. As of December 2015, GRATIS has successfully delivered 100 kits to an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda.