Make Childbirth Safer in Laos
Phase One

Help mums-to-be in Laos gain access to clean birth supplies and information about safe birthing practices.

Clean Birth Kit
  • Ensures sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth
  • Provides a clean and safe birth regardless of facility conditions
  • Comes in an attractive jute bag that can be reused as a purse
JANMA is a $3 clean birth kit containing six simple tools to ensure sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.


Laos' maternal and infant mortality rates are abysmal, even higher than Afghanistan and Sudan. In the villages where our local partner works, women give birth alone in the forest. Many of these deaths are preventable by providing education about clean birthing practices and by providing clean Birth Kits which provide the equipment required for a clean birth.

How we can help: 

By providing clean Birth Kits, we are enabling our local partner to send nurses and volunteers to the villages and educate Lao mothers about safe birthing practices.

Who are we working with: 

We will make clean Birth Kits available to ethnic minority mothers aged 14 years and older living in remote villages in Salavan, in southern Laos. The families are subsistence farmers and hunters, living on less than a dollar per day. They have little education and live a very isolated life.


Our local partner,, will train nurses to use, distribute and track the use of the kits. They will also train village volunteers to do the same. The village volunteers will distribute the kits door-to-door, taking the opportunity to educate mothers about safety in pregnancy and birth. Every pregnant woman in the villages which serves will be eligible for an AYZH Janma Clean Birth Kit once she is six months pregnant.

Project timeframe: 
Six months
Location :
Reaching 2000 people
Local Partner Contribution: will pay for training the nurses and village volunteers to distribute the kits, and pay part of the salaries of the staff members at the Laotian partner organisation who give the kits to the nurses and volunteers, monitor the distribution of kits via in-person village/clinic visits and via SMS texts, and collect data. The data collected is reported to in the United States.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - Janma Clean Birth Kits
Cost of technology
Includes shipping, duty & clearance
Wire transfer fee
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% average based on average size of project and average donation amount
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's due diligence and project support costs
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 70 people who pitched in $4,804.14