UNICEF’s midwifery and obstetric kits: Ensuring a safe childbirth around the world

Marsolyaire holds her newborn son Moisés Centeno, at the UNICEF-supported Caricuao Children's Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Although more women and children are surviving childbirth than ever before, a pregnant woman or newborn still dies every 11 seconds somewhere in the world, mostly from preventable causes.  Mothers often die as a result of…, How the midwifery kit took shape, The The Children and the Nations origins of the midwifery kit date back to the 1950s when Leo Eloesser, an American surgeon who served in China with UNICEF, began to experiment with assembling a range of items that a traditional midwife could take to a woman in labour. Originally these items included a sharp knife, gauze, gloves, plastic sheeting…, Where midwifery and obstetric kits are needed most, A staggering 94 per cent of maternal deaths occur in low- and lower-middle income countries where health systems are fragile, under-resourced and over-stretched - or grappling with a humanitarian emergency. For example, the level of maternal deaths are nearly 50 times higher for women in sub-Saharan Africa, and their babies are 10 times more…, A mother’s story from Venezuela , UNICEF also supplies life-saving obstetric kits for use in complicated deliveries. In 2021, UNICEF delivered 1,689 obstetric kits. The top five recipient countries were: Venezuela, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and South Sudan.  Like the midwifery kit, the kit consists of different modules containing drugs, equipment and renewable materials that are…, UNICEF standardized kits  , The midwifery and obstetric kits are part of a series of standardized kits developed by UNICEF to meet the various needs of children and their families in vulnerable or under-resourced situations. The kits are an invaluable resource in emergency responses as they can be quickly assembled, shipped and distributed.  Kit components are sourced from…, A closer look on what you can find in a midwifery kit, Pre-packed kits for emergencies and beyond A woman walks carrying her baby in the pack and UNICEF hygiene kits, in in Desportivo, a temporary accommodation centre in Pemba, Mozambique. UNICEF/UN0308867/De Wet Supply Catalogue  Cartons with UNICEF supplies are on the conveyer belt. UNICEF/UN0605680/Asamoah