Project Report:
Make Childbirth Safer in Rajasthan, India

Aug 2016 to Jan 2017

The project:
Make Childbirth Safer in Rajasthan, India
Technologies used:
JANMA Clean Birth Kit
Local partner:
The problem: 

Many mums-to-be in rural areas of Rajasthan, India, lack access to basic medical assistance, including during childbirth, because of the distance from their homes to the government hospital. As a result, many women opt to give birth at home. This introduces the risk of infection after childbirth due to the lack of medical equipment and trained medical workers.

How we helped: 

We collaborated with our local partner, Gravis, to connect sterile clean birth kits with traditional birth attendants in rural Rajasthan, India. The users said that the clean birth kits are really useful, especially during times of emergency. The compact design allows them to carry it easily, a feature that they really appreciated.

What people are saying: 

“This JANMA Clean Birth Kits help to prevent infections that can happen to newborn infants during home deliveries while cutting the cord.”

Keku Devi, 65 years old, Traditional Birth Attendant, Bhadresh, India


“This kit is very hygienic and eco-friendly. It reduces the chance of infection during the home deliveries. Packaging is good and easy to carry.”

Bhanwari Devi, 50 years old, Traditional Birth Attendant, Charai, India

“The JANMA Clean Birth Kit is very useful in the case of home deliveries in rural areas. The kit contains all the necessary tools for delivering babies in good packing.”

Mohani Devi, 60 years old, Traditional Birth Attendant, Kerla Bhakar, India

Reaching the last mile: 

Our local partner promoted the JANMA clean birth kits in 23 villages in Jodhpur, Tivri, Osian, and Barmer. They were used in births attended by traditional birth attendants and community birth attendants, as well as the local Department of Health.

During the meeting, Gravis explained the purpose of the clean birth kits and also the importance of having a hygienic environment during deliveries. They also held a discussion with the traditional birth attendants about the current practice of assisting delivery and how processes could be improved to minimise the risk of infection.

The challenges: 

Our local partner reported that the lack of awareness on the importance of hygiene during home delivery as their biggest challenge during the distribution. To tackle this challenge, Gravis allocated a significant amount of time to explain the importance of ensuring sterile and hygienic environments for home deliveries.

Technology feedback

Make Childbirth Safer in Rajasthan, India