While this is not quilting related, I know many of us quilters also knit or crochet, especially during the colder months. This is a guest blogger post. If you have questions about the program, please visit the web site indicated below and ask them.
Now your handmade cap can help save a life!
Baby caps are a simple and effective tool that can keep babies warm and ultimately contribute to reducing newborn deaths in the developing world.
In many developing countries, something as simple as a knit or crocheted cap can help the baby keep warm, which is key to helping newborns survive.
Nearly 4 million babies die each year in their first month of life – half within their first 24 hours – mostly from preventable or treatable causes. But by giving mothers and caregivers a package of simple tools, including guidance on healthy newborn care practices, the majority of these deaths could be prevented. Items crucial to saving more babies’ lives include:
- antibiotics to treat infection
- immunizations against tetanus
- skilled birth attendants at every birth
- counseling on breastfeeding
- information on basic newborn care such as keeping the cord clean and keeping the baby warm
This is where you can help by making a cap! Your caps will be sent to Save the Children’s newborn health programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Download your Caps for Good Action Kit [PDF file] for free patterns, shipping, instruction and more ways you can help.
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Visit this web site for more information: http://www.goodgoes.org/caps
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This post was published on September 23rd, 2010. Post topics: Charity Quilting.