JANMA – THE CLEAN BIRTH KIT, INDEX: AWARD 2011 FINALIST.
Over half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and birth with infection being the leading cause. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. According to the WHO, approximately 60 million women in developing countries give birth each year with only the help of an untrained attendant or with no help at all, mostly at home or in an unsterile rural clinic. As a result, they risk contracting an infection, which accounts for nearly 1 in 5 maternal deaths. Furthermore, the unhygienic conditions are one of the leading causes of neonatal deaths.
JANMA is an affordable clean birth kit intended to provide clean and sterile conditions for childbirth. It includes quality, low-cost components that provide the mother a safe, clean and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center or in a government hospital.
AYZH is a social venture that has invented a US$2 solution to address this need: The JANMA – Clean Birth Kit that provides the mother a safe, clean and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home or in an institution. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating economic opportunity, and is distributed through an already established network of local pharmacies, clinics and hospitals.
Making clean delivery kits available through government health clinics, markets, private pharmacies and other commercial channels will help reduce rates of infection and will substantially decrease maternal and infant mortality. AYZH has the following ambition: “No women should die giving life”.
Zubaida Bai (India), 2009