Updated on November 17, 2023


Created on August 27, 2015

PATH Safe Delivery Kit

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A solution to the clean and safe birthing hygiene in the form of a kit having essential elements.

Developed By
  1. PATH
Tested By
Content Partners


Product Description

The PATH Safe Delivery Kit includes sanitary, intuitive tools to help mothers and newborns avoid acquiring infections during childbirth. The basic delivery kit is inexpensive and is designed to help create a clean birthing environment, particularly for home births. The contents of the delivery kit include a clean razor blade, cord ties, a small bar of soap, a plastic delivery sheet, and pictorial instructions. The kits can be modified to accommodate cultural birth practices.

Target Regions


Target SDGs

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


Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Janma Clean Birth Kit.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manually produced in accordance with PATH’s Basic Delivery Kit Guide, a step-by-step manual for developing kits.

Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

User Provision Model

Users can acquire Kits via maternal and child health programs within target regions. Community health workers and traditional birth attendants are oriented to the kits so they can either provide it as part of their birth delivery services or encourage families to purchase the kit for home deliveries. The kits are also designed to be sold through retail distribution outlets. PATH invests in building the capacity of local organizations and small businesses, such as woman-owned business, community health promoters, to produce and distribute or sell kits. Programs such as provide the kits based on the region.

Distributions to Date Status

More than half a million delivery kits have been sold in Nepal and in Tanzania.

Guide type provided

Pictorial instructions.

Shelf life (years)


Six 'cleans' covered (Y/N)


Surgical components

Razor blade

Units per package


Design Specifications

The Path Kit contents are clean, new, and packaged in a clearly labeled plastic bag or cardboard box that is adapted for local settings. A basic clean-delivery kit includes the following five essential elements: • A piece of soap for cleaning the birth attendant’s hands and the mother’s perineum. • A plastic sheet about one square meter for use as a clean delivery surface. • Clean string for tying the umbilical cord (usually two pieces). • A clean razor blade for cutting the cord. • Pictorial instructions that explain how to use each item in the kit.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Pictorial instructions that explain how to use each item in the kit are included.

Replacement Components

Sold as a kit only, not by individual components.


90% biodegradable, can be disposed of safely in a sealable bag provided with the kit.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Ensuring that the WHO’s Six Principles of Cleanliness at Birth are achieved. Specifically, that the hands of the birth attendant are washed with water and soap, as well as the perineum of the woman. The surface on which the infant is delivered is clean. Instruments for cutting the cord and cord care (razor blade, cutting surface, cord ties) are clean.

Vetted Performance Status

PATH conducted a study in partnership with the Tanzania Ministry of Health to evaluate the impact of delivery kits. The results suggested that newborns of mothers who used a kit were 13 times less likely to develop cord infection than were newborns whose mothers did not use a kit. The mothers themselves were three times less likely to develop puerperal sepsis, or genital tract infection, after childbirth.


No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

Care must be taken when using the blade and provided instructions shall be followed for the desired results.

Academic Research and References

Winani, S., Wood, S., Coffey, P., Chirwa, T., Mosha, F., & Changalucha, J. (2007). Use of a clean delivery kit and factors associated with cord infection and puerperal sepsis in Mwanza, Tanzania. Journal of midwifery & women’s health52(1), 37-43.

Beun, M. H., & Wood, S. K. (2003). Acceptability and use of clean home delivery kits in Nepal: a qualitative study. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 367-373.

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.

Evaluation methods

A study involving researchers enrolled 3,262 pregnant women during prenatal visits at local health centers in Tanzania’s Mwanza Region. Trained health workers visited mothers and their newborns on the fifth day after birth conducted structured interviews with mothers and examined the infants for infection.

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