IMA World Health (www.imaworldhealth.org) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on health and development projects in places like Haiti, DR, Congo and South Sudan where health conditions are poor.
One project that individuals and groups can support is the IMA Safe Motherhood Kit™ (SMK). The “SMK” is a small package of clean and sterile birthing supplies that are not often accessible in areas that are affected by conflict, natural disaster or extreme poverty. Kits are given to remote or under-resourced clinics to help provide a clean birth and to prevent infection, which is a common cause of maternal death. Each SMK costs $25 for us to assemble, ship and distribute, and one kit includes a large Ziploc bag packed with sterile gauze, a plastic sheet and absorbent underpad, sterile gloves, a sterile umbilical tie and blade, soap, a washcloth and a baby layette.
This layette is where we could really use your help. The layette includes a knitted or crocheted baby cap, a receiving blanket, and a tunic or onesie (patterns for each are attached). Not only does the layette help to keep the newborn warm in those first critical hours, it also serves as an incentive for women to come to the clinic for care instead of giving birth at home – where complications could easily occur.