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Sunday, 18 September 2011

SAVE THE CHILDREN - No Child is Born to Die


Yesterday in London Save The Children held a blogging conference for all bloggers and vloggers to get together, learn new skills, listen to inspirational bloggers and most importantly meet some of Save the Children's Health Workers and to help spread the No Children is Born to Die message.

Emma from Mummy Mummy Mum! was one of the bloggers that attended, in her words :

In the poorest countries of the world, children are dying every day from preventable diseases. They don’t have easy access to healthcare, and may have to walk for days to get to a healthcare centre. They might finally get to a health centre and then find they can’t afford the vaccine, even though the journey there will have cost them more than they could afford.
There is a massive shortfall of healthworkers in the poorest parts of the world. Half of the children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the worlds doctors, nurses and midwives. Basic illnesses claim 8 million young lives a year. We CAN stop this. No child is born to die.

We all complain about the state of our healthcare, length of waiting lists, waiting times and the cost of prescriptions but overall our healthcare is excellent compared to that in other countries, and above all it's free and easily accessible. On Friday Hanna fell over on the playground and grazed her knee, by Saturday afternoon it had swelled up and she could barely walk so I took her to A&E where, within 3 hours it had been inspected and x-rayed by trained healthcare professionals, antibiotics were prescribed and we were on our way home again. Had we been in a poverty ridden Country I wouldn't have had the luxury of driving to the hospital, we may have had to walk for days and even when we got there chances are there wouldn't be a healthcare worker or medicines available to treat her. It makes me realise how much we take for granted and how lucky we are.

Now here's how you can help :

Sign this petition now to help end the heathworker crisis.
Share on facebook and twitter and help spread the word. We can be a big loud voice shouting. We can be heard.
To help spread the word @helloitsgemma and @michelletwinmum want to get 100 bloggers linked up before tuesday.
What you need to do:
  1.  Sign the petition.
  2. Then the challenge set by @HelloItsGemma and @michelletwinmum is to write 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life and link up to @michelletwinmum here. Add a link to the petition and either link or add in some information from Save the Children about the #Healthworkers campaign
  3. Link to a number of other bloggers/ vloggers and ask them to do the same.
  4. Tweet about this, facebook mention it, remark on google plus, talk to your Mum on the phone, whatever you can do to spread this to just a few more people, please do it.

My 100 words

 On Tuesday 24th March 2009 at a little after 9am I looked down at the pillow on the floor beneath me to see a petrol blue lifeless baby with a mass of cord wrapped around his neck. An alarm was sounding and suddenly Health Workers flooded the room. Within seconds the cord was untangled, his chest massaged and Oxygen administered. Then, after what seemed like an eternity to me, the first cries were heard from my baby's lungs. I will be forever grateful to everyone on the Maternity Unit at 'Britains Worst Hospital' that morning, to me they were the best.

So here is my list of people I want to pass this baton on to -


  1. Thank you. We certainly are very lucky! xx

  2. it does make you think, thanks for passing me the baton x

  3. We are lucky indeed. Great post :) x

  4. What a wonderful 100 words...scary but positive. x

  5. thanks katie, I forgot how scary it was until I wrote this down, we just take so much for granted x

  6. thank you x

  7. I think it's something that I buried away, I can still picture him lying there.....I'm so grateful x

  8. oh Helen that must have been awful for you so try scary. brave of you to write it down. i haven't done min right looking at yours and the blog hop - i didn't realise there was one!!! ooops xx

  9. It was very scary looking back but it all passed so quickly & I kind of put it to the back of my mind until now. I'm not sure how many have added the blog hop code, not seen it on all of them so i wouldn't worry, doing the post & spreading the word is the main thing x

  10. your 100 words made me hold my breathe - the awful truth in many places in a similar experience you might not have even had one trained health worker - as a mother it's too difficult too contemplate

  11. Such a powerful post illustrating so clearly the need for healthcare workers for all, thank you.



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