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the U.S., less than 300 pregnancy-related deaths
occur each year. In Nepal, an estimated 13 women
die in childbirth or from related complications
each day. In the U.S., almost all women
give birth under the watch of a trained professional.
In Nepal, birth happens at home and is considered
culturally impure, so many women labor in cow
sheds, with only
8% aided by a trained attendant. The rest go it
alone, or are helped by a relative or neighbor.
The cord is cut with any sharp object and a coin
is used for leverage, both of which can cause
tetanus-a potentially fatal disease for many infants.
This birthing kit is a miracle of miniaturization
and simplicity that contains in its 4 1/2" x 3"
box everything needed for a basic but sterile
birth-iodine soap, razor blade, plastic "coin,"
string, a sterile plastic sheet, and pictorial
instructions (only 14% of Nepalese women are literate).
Using the kit can help prevent tetanus as well
as sepsis, an infection responsible for 15% of
maternal deaths worldwide. Developed by the nonprofits
Save the Children and the Program for Appropriate
Technology in Health, more than 6.24 million kits-at
a mere 35¢ each-have been sold since 1994. It's
hard to say what the impact has been, but the
Nepalese have a saying that may shed light: "small
drops of water will make a sea."