A GROUP of Tamworth women are doing their bit to improve the childbirth statistics for women in developing countries.
The United Nations estimates more than half a million women die in childbirth each year and for every death, there are another 30 women who end up with preventable infections and life-long injuries.
The Zonta Club of Tamworth recently held a day for members and friends to put together 800 birthing kits to assist women without access to medical care.
Last year the kits were sent to Papua New Guinea.
“These kits are provided to women who have no access to hospitals or healthcare and give them a much better chance of having a healthy birth,” club president Vicki Lane said.
“It provides them with soap and gloves and other basic equipment that can help prevent infection for the mother and baby.”
Mrs Lane said Zonta purchased the equipment and put the kits together as one of its international projects to assist women in improving their lives.