Protecting new mothers internationally - Zonta Club of Toronto to assemble 1000 birthing kits

TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - The Zonta Club of Toronto will assemble 1000 birthing kits on Saturday, June 4, 2011, for distribution internationally in cooperation with The Mennonite Central Committee.

Birthing kits include a plastic sheet, a piece of soap, two gloves, gauze squares, cord ties, and a razor blade. They are essential for midwives who struggle daily to deliver babies in non-sterile conditions, where simple items such as a piece of soap or clean razor blade could be the difference between life and death for mother or child.

Unicef estimates that each day about one thousand women die worldwide because of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Developing countries account for 99% of the deaths. (Source: http://www.childinfo.org/maternal_mortality.html)

"The birthing kits initiative is a perfect fit for the Zonta Club of Toronto, given our commitment to advancing the status of women through service. We are following in the footsteps of other Zonta Clubs from around the world who have donated time and supplies to help women in developing countries have a safe delivery - something we take for granted in our home community", says Zonta Club of Toronto President, Nita McCown. "Donors such as The Fairmont Royal York, MedicalMart and the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre (which is providing the facilities for assembling the kits) have stepped up to the plate because they understand both the scale of the problem and that a few key items in a plastic bag can save a life."

About The Zonta Club of Toronto
Zonta is a worldwide service organization of business and professional executives dedicated to advancing the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. There are approximately 31,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 65 countries.

Individual Zonta Clubs extend membership invitations to local leaders in business and the professions. The Zonta Club of Toronto, a registered Canadian charity, was founded in 1927. Visit www.zontatoronto.org for more information.

SOURCE Zonta Club of Toronto

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Media contact:

Nita McCown, President, Zonta Club of Toronto
Tel: (416) 248-8383
Email: nitam@rogers.com

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