Make Childbirth Safer in Laos
Phase Two

Help connect more JANMA clean birth kits with mums-to-be in Salavan Province, Laos, ensuring sterility and sanitation at the time of childbirth.

JANMA
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.

Challenge: 

In the isolated communities of Salavan Province, Laos, it is believed that contact with blood during childbirth brings bad luck, so women in these areas often give birth alone in the forest without assistance from their families or health professionals. This has resulted in high maternal and infant mortality in Laos.

How we can help: 

By connecting clean birth kits with mums-to-be and health professionals, we are providing tools for safe and clean birthing practices. The JANMA clean birth kits contain six simple items recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) such as a sterile birthing underpad, a surgical scalpel blade and cord clamp, a bar of soap for washing hands, a baby wiping cloth and clear instructions on how to use each item.

Our local partner, Cleanbirth.org, will work with local nurses to distribute the kits and train them on the use and benefits of each item so that they can educate new mothers and other health professionals to use the kits to improve birthing practices.

Who are we working with: 

We are helping mums-to-be in Salavan Province, Laos who, due to cultural beliefs, often give birth alone in the forest without any assistance. Mothers and their babies are at risk of infection in these non-sterile birthing environments. In the heartbreaking words of this mother, “I used bamboo to cut the cord and string I found in the house to tie it. That’s why my child got an infection. When I took him to see the doctor, he couldn’t help. It was too late. If we used a birth kit for this baby, we would be safe from an infection.”

Distribution: 

Our local partner CleanBirth.org distributed 1,000 clean birth kits in the Phase One of the project (also supported by Kopernik) and will distribute a further 2,000 kits in Phase Two.

CleanBirth.org will distribute the kits through their network of local nurses. The nurses will provide the kits to their patients when they are six months pregnant at their prenatal appointment. For women in remote areas who can’t come to the clinic, the kit will be given to them by the nurse on one of their regular immunization visits to the villages.

Project timeframe: 
Twelve months
Location :
Reaching 4000 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

CleanBirth.org will cover the salary of local staff and the training cost for the nurses. They will also conduct post-birth follow up with the mothers who used the birth kits, assuring that the mothers use the kits and checking if there’s any problem arose.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - JANMA Clean Birth Kits
Cost of technology
$2.85
2000
$5,700.00
Shipping cost
Includes shipping, duty, clearance
$1.25
2000
$2,500.00
Wire transfer fee
$40.00
1
$40.00
Payment processing fee
3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount
$271.92
1
$271.92
Administration fee
Covers due diligence, monitoring, printing & administration related costs
$1,276.79
1
$1,276.79
TOTAL
$9,788.71
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 123 people who pitched in $9,802.77