Happy Baby’s partner organization in Uganda is Children In Africa Breastfeeding Support (CHIABS). It is a registered community based organization in Buikwe district in central Uganda with 8 employees. The vision for the organization is a world where breastfeeding is the cultural norm, where mothers and families are enabled to feed and care optimally for their infants and young children thus contributing to a healthy society. The mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Africa in order to empower the community to take full responsibility for better health of mothers and children.
Uganda is where the Happy Baby project first started in 2012. Since then the Happy Baby project in Uganda has grown – and the project leader Josephine Nalugo has become a well known educator on breastfeeding and parent/infant bonding both in Uganda and abroad. The total production of carriers so far is 800 with 40 carriers donated to ambassador families. Most users are low-income mothers in rural and urban areas. The original established Happy Baby Nkokonjeru Stitchery is still functional with tailors. There are also 6 Happy Baby tailors working from their homes.
An exciting perspective for Happy Baby Uganda is to establish a babywearing club to educate parents about Ergonomics, safety and the benefits of baby carrying for the baby and the wearer. Fathers support groups have also been established; they are important for the continued shared parenthood and bonding. Especially in an African context the importance of such groups cannot be emphasized enough, as they challenge the traditional image of an African father and husband in a positive manner.