Launceston UTAS students make impact with birth kits

GIVING HOPE: Launceston IMPACT members Agnes So Won Park, Ynez Howlett-Jansen and Justin Rodrigues (back), and Annabelle Rival and Devika Remash (front) at the Launceston Clinical School. Picture: Hamish Geale

GIVING HOPE: Launceston IMPACT members Agnes So Won Park, Ynez Howlett-Jansen and Justin Rodrigues (back), and Annabelle Rival and Devika Remash (front) at the Launceston Clinical School. Picture: Hamish Geale

There was a strong sense of purpose at Launceston Clinical School on Tuesday night as more than 40 Launcestonians gathered to assemble birthing kits for women in developing countries.

Run by Launceston IMPACT - a UTAS health awareness group – the evening saw volunteers compile 200 palm-size kits containing plastic sheets, a sterile scalpel, gauze, soap and gloves. 

IMPACT Launceston secretary Devika Remash said she was thrilled by the turnout on what was a wet winter’s night.

“It’s not just medical students, we’ve got midwives, nurses and educators in here so it’s just fantastic,” Miss Remash said. 

“We’re hopefully looking at doing it again, we’ll see how we go and get some thoughts from people who participated as well.”

Miss Remash said the assembled kits would be sent back to Birthing Kit Foundation Australia for distribution.

“They might go to Nepal or Africa or middle Asia so we don’t decide on that part, it’s where the need is most prevalent.”

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