In my last job, I was fortunate to have worked with a group of experts who've dedicated their careers to helping solve some the world's biggest health challenges. When I decided to move to New York I knew I'd be leaving behind an amazing opportunity to continue learning from these people. And now that I'm here, I do feel a melancholy separation from those issues that were becoming a part of my life in Seattle. I've comforted myself by knitting a ton, another big part of my life from Seattle.
The report State of the World's Mothers 2006 was put out by Save the Children and showed that 4 million newborns die within the first month of life, mostly in developing countries and mostly from complications that could be avoided with lost-cost solutions such as training birth attendants, immunizations, and education of mothers.
I've just learned of a way that I can both knit and get involved again in the issue of newborn, child and maternal health.
Caps to the Capital is a project devised by Save the Children and Warm Up America! Foundation to show that Americans care about newborn, child and maternal survival in developing countries, and want more the of the U.S. budget to go toward helping this high-risk demographic. You can get involved in several different ways, but the main part of the project is knitting or crocheting a baby cap and writing a note to the President showing you care, and then sending it to Save the Children by January 2, 2007. I'm so excited to get started! If you're interested too, you can download the Knitters and Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital Action Kit from Save the Children's website.