Banda Bag Design Project
Social justice design project for decreased birth mortality rates in Banda, Rwanda
Engineers without borders sponsored project. School of Nursing students engaged me with the designing & prototyping a bag that could help reduce the birth mortality rate in the country of Rwanda. The bag would hold birthing supplies for indigenous women. It needed to hold a certain number of objects and be easily fabricated by tribal women.
Project goal – supply the women of Banda with a birthing kit: an easily carried personal pack of supplies that will assist with the birth process and maintain a more sterile environment. The kit includes: a razor blade to cut the umbilical cord, plastic umbilical cord clamps, a sheet to lay on, gloves, a peri bottle to be used to clean the perineum, and perineal pads to catch postpartum bleeding. The kit will be housed in a cloth bag that can easily be produced & carried by the expectant mothers.
I decided to design a bag that could carry the supplies and be made without the use of a sewing machine. Ideally the bag would be made without handsewing. It needed to hold supplies (samples were provided by the nursing team) and be simple to create without tools.
I was given indigenous material:
I supplied the Nursing students with a tutorial for making the bag: How To Guide