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There are tens of millions of women who give birth and raise their children in very simple and inadequate conditions. Women have to give birth also in situation of crisis and in places that are unsuitable for the purpose of giving birth. For instance insanitary surroundings and dirty instruments are a serious health problem and threat for mothers and their newborns in developing countries.
Finnish Baby Aid Kit is a Finnish innovation that is developed to improve the safety of childbirth and the basic care of newborn in areas where conditions are challenging and medical care is limited or difficult to reach.
Finnish Baby Aid Kit enables basic standards for safe and equal childbirth for every mother. It also offers basic materials for nursing newborns during first months following birth. The first couple of months following childbirth is a very sensitive time in terms of a baby’s health and good nursing is an essential prerequisite of a baby’s success in future life.
Finnish Baby Aid Kit is a childbirth and nursing kit that is especially developed to be used in developing countries, and in crisis and emergency conditions. The kit contains materials for childbirth and for nursing a newborn. This concept and product is suitable for aid and humanitarian organizations and their maternal and child health programs in the Third World countries. Naturally the kit can also be used in a developing country’s own maternal and child health programs.
Logonet Ltd. and World Vision Finland has a cooperation project in Kenya that focuses on maternal and child health issues. As a result of our cooperation we are going to run a pilot project in Turkana, North West Kenya. The piloting area is very challenging in terms of hot and dry climate, shortage of water and food, insufficient hygiene conditions and undeveloped public health care system. The area is perfect for the Finnish Baby Aid Kit piloting as we believe we can ease the everyday challenges of people living in this area.
In addition, the area allows us to run the pilot among local population as well as among the people living in the refugee camp (Kakuma refugee camp). Pilot will take place in Autumn 2017.
The goals of the project are no less than the goals of the Finnish Maternity Package had 80 years ago:
- Bring pregnant women to the public health care system and pregnancy follow-ups
- Improve newborns living conditions
- Enable safe childbirth
- Give equal starting point for newborn’s first steps in life
- Make a basic standard for safe childbirth and nursing of newborns