WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Tens of millions of women give birth and raise their children in poor conditions. Women must give birth in crisis situations and under other unsuitable conditions i.e. insanitary surroundings and use of non-sterile instruments, which place a serious health risk and threaten the mothers and their newborns in the developing countries.
The Finnish Baby Aid Kit is a Finnish innovation which was developed to make childbirth safer and provide the newborn babies with basic care in places where the conditions are challenging, and medical care is limited or hard to reach. The kit helps make childbirth safer for every mother and child. It includes the essentials for taking care of a newborn and ensures the baby a safe start in life, despite the challenging environment the baby is born in.
The Finnish Baby Aid Kit is a childbirth and nursing kit that is especially developed to be used in developing countries, and in emergency and crisis situations. The kit contains supplies for childbirth and for nursing a newborn. This 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.
In 2018 Logonet Ltd. and World Vision Finland piloted the Finnish Baby Aid Kit in Turkana County, northwest Kenya. The region is very challenging due to its hot climate, shortage of food and water, poor sanitation and underdeveloped heath care system. Turkana County offered the optimal setting for piloting the kit, since we believed we could help ease the challenges the families face on a daily basis. In addition, the area allowed us to run the pilot among local population as well as the women living in the nearby refugee camp, the Kakuma refugee camp.
The results were staggering — nine times more women visited the clinics, which helped improve maternal and infant health. The concept was so well received, that Kenya’s government is considering a wider distribution. Furthermore, funds for the Finnish Baby Aid Kit have already been added to Turkana County’s local administrations budget to keep the project running in 2019.
The goals for this project are the same as they were for the Finnish Maternity Package 80 years ago:
- Bring pregnant women to the public health care system and pregnancy follow-ups
- Improve the living conditions of the newborns
- Enable safe childbirth
- Give the newborns an equally good start life
- Create a basic standard for safe childbirth and nursing newborn babies