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Birthing Kits

Having a baby is a joyous time, but complications can turn joy into tragedy. In Tanzania, maternal mortality accounts for 18 percent of the deaths in women aged 15 to 49*. Delivering in unsanitary surroundings are a major factor – and one that can easily be overcome. A $50 donation pays for a birthing kit filled with supplies for a safe, sanitary delivery.


Here is what your contribution buys:

  •   Sterile Gloves: For medical staff to wear when delivering the baby
  •   Infant Cap: For covering the newborn’s head so the child’s body retains heat
  •   Soap: For cleaning the mother and child
  •   Cord Tie: For tying the umbilical cord after birth
  •   Betadine: An antiseptic that prevents infection
  •   Suction Bulb: For removing mucus from the newborn’s mouth and nose
  •   Plastic Bags: For holding instruments and removing trash after delivery
  •   Mesoprostol: For preventing excessive bleeding during delivery
  •   Gauze 4×4: For cleaning blood
  •   Scissors: For cutting the umbilical cord
  •   Kanga cloth: For the mother to wear as a dress or skirt
  •   Blanket: For covering the newborn
  •   Two Towels: For sponging the mother and child
  •   Diapers

Other ways to give

Give online, or you can send a check or money order to AHEAD, 6324 Windermere Circle, Rockville, Md. 20852.

You can also give through your job. AHEAD is a member of Independent Charities of America (ICA) and participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. If you work in the federal government, donate to AHEAD by selecting (CFC code #12146). Ask if your employer offers a matching contribution program.

A little money does a lot of good

  •   $75 buys 3 solar cooker and utensils that help families purify water and cook
  •   $250 pays an orphan’s tuition to secondary or vocational school
  •   $150 feeds and medicates a child


Your contribution is tax-deductible. AHEAD is a 501(c)3 organization that is recognized in the United States and Tanzania.

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*source: World Health Organization