This box is being used by parents across Finland for over 75 years. Why? For a very important reason, to help prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or as some might know it as Cot Death.
SIDS or Cot Death is a sudden or unexplained death of a baby not older than one years of age and the cause in most cases is unknown. Sleep-related causes of infant death is linked to the baby’s sleep conditions. These deaths are generally due to accidental causes, such as suffocation; entrapment (when baby gets trapped between two objects), such as a mattress and wall, and can’t breathe, or strangulation.
The infant mortality stats in South Africa shows the number of deaths of infants in every 1000 births there are 43.2 infant mortality’s. These are deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year. Included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. Globally SA ranks 56th out of 216.
Have a look at this chart:
Two South African entrepreneurs, Ernst Hertzog and Frans de Villiers, decided that a plastic box would be preferable. And instead could be used as a bath, more useful for South African mothers.
The main objective of this was to get moms to antenatal classes. A trial carried out by the Research on Socioeconomic Policy Health Group at Stellenbosch University concluded that the Thula Baba Box, as it is known, encourages mothers to attend clinics at an earlier stage of pregnancy, and to attend more frequently.
Among other things, this reduces the risk of an HIV-positive mother dying in childbirth, and reduces the risk of HIV being passed from the mother to the baby.
Watch the video below for un-boxing the Finnish box: