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