|Women receiving their kits in Kampala|
Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions:
What is in a mama kit?
- Each mama kit contains plastic sheeting, razor blades, cotton wool (gauze pad), soap, gloves, cord ties, and a child health card. Each kit also includes an instruction sheet in both English and Luganda. All of the supplies are sealed so that they remain sterile until needed.
- The mama kits are purchased from a NGO in Uganda called PACE. Each kit costs approximately $7.
Why don't you put together your own mama kits?
- We like the idea of supporting an organization in Uganda and contributing to their economy. It would not be cost-efficient to make kits here and ship them. Also, some of the supplies required by hospitals are not easily accessible here, like long rolls of cotton wool.
- So far we've distributed kits to crisis pregnancy centers, to churches, to missionaries to hand out as they see needed, and had distrubution days in a couple of villages. I also give some to my dear friend, Harriet, who passes them out to her friends and women in the slum near where she works.
|Passing out kits at a crisis pregnancy center in Kampala|
|Passing out kits in a village|
- If a woman does not have a mama kit when she arrives at a hospital or clinic, she is usually denied help or sent away. Some clinics do offer their own kits for people to purchase, but they cost about $20.
|laboring women visiting outside the hospital|