The Janma clean birth kit was launched by AYZH to help hospitals and nonprofit organizations prevent infection at time of birth and reduce maternal and infant mortality. The kit contains simple tools recommended by the World Health Organization to provide sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth.
Africa, Caribbean, Central Asia, East Asia, North Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Direct competitors include PATH Safe Delivery Kit.
The kit components are mass produced, packed and distributed by local women.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Janma Kits can be purchased from medical institutions (hospital pharmacies, health care centers, and slum clinics), which resell ayzh products to women, and non-profit aid organizations (working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and families in developing countries), which supply the kits to women and midwives. Additionally, the Janma Kit can be donated to communities via the Kopernik marketplace.
Distributions to Date Status
AYZH has sold more than 50,000 kits in India, Haiti, Laos, Afghanistan, and Africa.
Guide type provided
Pictorial instructions, animated CD
Shelf life (years)
Six 'cleans' covered (Y/N)
Surgical scalpel blade (Gamma radiated)
Units per package
The Janma kit contains simple tools recommended by the World Health Organization to provide sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth. Kit components include: Underpad , Surgical scalpel blade (Gamma radiated), Cord clamp (ETO sterile), Bar of soap, Baby Wiping Cloth, Instruction sheet , Jute purse packaging.
Designed for use by health care service providers. Pictorial instructions provided with every kit. An online animated movie available (CD can be shipped on request at a minimal fee). No additional training should be required. Supplemental mobile education program available.
Sold as a kit only, not by individual components.
Shelf Life 18 months to Two Years. One time use.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Janma provides the 'six cleans' (clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface), (as specified by WHO) and prevents infections, mortality, and morbidity at the time of childbirth.
Vetted Performance Status
No vetted performance data identified. However, the kit components are recommended by the World Health Organization to provide sanitation and sterility at the time of childbirth.
Sterility needs to be maintained and hence need to store it as a package and not open components until need to be used.
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
Janma manufacturers cite the 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.
In 2011 the JANMA: Clean Birth Kit was chosen as one of the 61 global products designed to improve life by the INDEX Awards.