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Knit a hat for a happy newborn

Knit a hat for a happy newborn

The 50,000 Happy Birthdays program has launched a knitting campaign for babies saved in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia through this program. Through this knitting campaign, we want to support the efforts of the midwives, and celebrate the babies that they save. Every hat you knit and donate will keep newborns in low resource settings warm, helping them stay healthy.

Use this pattern and make as many hats as you want!

 Download the pattern   Oppskriften (norsk)

Empowering midwives to help mothers and babies survive

The goal of the 50,000 Happy Birthday program is to contribute to quality maternal and newborn care by strengthening midwives' competencies in saving lives at birth in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania — following on from the 10, 000 Happy Birthdays in Malawi and Zambia. This will be achieved by using the simulation-based Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive programs to train, equip and empower midwives to be lifesavers.

Learn more about the program

Why hats?

Babies, even in warm countries in Africa, loose body heat after birth which can cause complications. Putting a hat on keeps them warm and healthy, and is espeically important for babies that are born to soon and preterm.

You can send your finished hats by post to: 

Laerdal Global Health
(Happy Newborn Hats)
Tanke Svilandsgate 30
4002 Stavanger, Norway

We will soon have other addresses for shipping in the US and Europe.

We will make sure the donated hats get to happy newborns and their families, through the midwives associations in Ethiopia Rwanda and Tanzania.


Make all birthdays Happy Birthdays.

You, and your knitting group can also support the 50,000 Happy Birthdays by making a donation. All funds raised will be go directly to the program to keep mothers and babies alive and well. Your contribution will make a change! Help midwives to be trained and equipped, ready to save lives at birth.  

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