Autoclave for Safe Deliveries





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Project Description

Country: Ethiopia

Location: Gondar

Total Budget: $4,000

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Health: Disease

Summary: Providing an autoclave to ensure safe deliveries for every baby born at Gondar University Hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia

Sterile drapes and instruments are essential to provide safe deliveries for mothers and babies. If these essential supplies are not available in a timely manner, mothers and babies may die. Unfortunately, these preventable tragedies have occurred at the University of Gondar Hospital in Gondar Ethiopia because sterile drapes and instruments have not always been readily available for the thousands of deliveries each year, many by cesarean section.

To meet this urgent need, The Rotary Club of Del Mar, partnering with Gondar Fasiledes Rotary Club and The University of Gondar worked together to create a Perinatal Laundry and Sterilization facility at the University of Gondar Hospital. ( GG2094220 "Safe Deliveries for Mothers and Babies" )

During the grant, the Perinatal service encountered problems because there was no emergency back-up sterilization when the autoclave was offline for maintenance and repair.

Medical Aid International, an NGO that supplies equipment specifically adapted to the needs of Low-and-Middle-Income -Countries, suggested that a small pressure cooker autoclave that is robust, rugged and simple to use could serve as a backup when other sterilization options unavailable. Three c-section sets can be sterilized in 30 minutes and size permits the autoclave to be located on the clinical ward.

We propose a district grant to purchase an electric pressure cooker-type autoclave that can provide extra sterilization capacity in emergencies and times of increased demand. We will partner with Medical Aid International to buy, install, and train personnel, as well as provide ongoing support once the grant is completed.

Our goal is to provide sterile linens and instruments for every delivery at Gondar University Hospital so that no mother or baby will die unnecessarily from lack of these critical supplies.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Del Mar

Primary Contact: Karin Davies

Email: karindavies830@yahoo.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

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Del Mar (5340)









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Pressure Cooker Type Autoclave


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System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Karin Davies

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Karin Davies

System Entry: Project signed by Karin Davies.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Matt Kurth.


by Patti Kurtz

System Entry: Project signed by Patti Kurtz.


by Alan Turner

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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