Disposable delivery kits are a simple and effective disposable birthing kit for infection prevention and childbirth care. This kit includes 6 disposable components including soap, plastic sheet, gloves, gauze, cord ties, a sterile blaze.
East Africa, South Asia
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Birthing Kit Foundation
6 components including plastic sheet, soap, gloves, string, scalpel blaze, gauze are sent to volunteers, and the volunteers send back to the Birthing Kit Foundation after they pack them.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
They send Birthing Kits, as part of a grants program, to field partner organisations.
Distributions to Date Status
2,000,000 birthing kits were distributed as of June 2018
Guide type provided
Shelf life (years)
Six 'cleans' covered (Y/N)
Units per package
Disposable delivery kits contain following 6 components: One black plastic sheet: 1 m x 1 m (standard birthing kit) or if you are packing Earth Kits, one green plastic sheet at 1 m x 1 m Soap: One piece of wrapped soap per kit Gloves: 2 gloves per kit (1 pair) String: 3 x 24 cm lengths per kit Scalpel blade: 1 wrapped sterile blade per kit Gauze: 5 squares
Provided by manufacturer
Sold as a kit only, not by individual components.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
To improve basic cleanliness to mothers and babies in low-resource settings health facilities.
Vetted Performance Status
No vetted performance data identified. However, the kit components are recommended by the World Health Organization as an essential tool for use when a delivery occurs outside of a clean health facility, particularly in emergency settings.
Scalpel blades are wrapped, however must handle with care especially if young children are near.
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Ruth, J., 2014, Using birthing kits to promote clean birth practices in Ethiopia. Development in Practice, Vol. 24.
Zohra, S., et al., 2020, Effectiveness of birthing kits for clean childbirth: a systematic review. International Health, 12, pp. 3-10.
Elaine, D., 2010, The impact of birth kits on traditional midwifery practice in an area of inland Kenya. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 20, pp. 111–115.
Compliance with regulations
The product follows the 'six cleans' (clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface), as specified by WHO’s sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth.