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19.9.11

Save The Children: Healthworkers!

I've been tagged by SAHMLovingit and Mymumdom to support an important cause.
Two amazing bloggers, Michelle and Gemma are asking for 100 people to join this linky by Tuesday.
Visit Michelle's blog  to find out more about this linky.

Michelle has given us these instructions:
On Tuesday, a fellow blogger and friend Chris Mosler (@ChristineMosler) will attend the UN General Assembly in New York. She is going there with Liz Scarff on behalf of Save the Children to pressure David Cameron to play his full part in solving the health worker crisis.  There is a target of 60,000 signatures on the petition by Tuesday. At the moment that petition sits at 41,673 can we change that? Sure we can!
Let's pull together, people power and make Chris proud.  Lets do our damnedest to make sure she goes on Tuesday armed with 60,000 signatures.

  1. So first off - Let's all sign the petition, 30 seconds work and a step closer.

  2. Then the challenge set by @HelloItsGemma and I is that we want (need) to see 100 posts of 100 words linked up here by Tuesday. If 100 bloggers each write a post about this and encourage more signatures that could make a massive dent in the 20,000 signature shortfall that we sit with right now!
    Write your 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life. 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.
Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to saving children’s lives. But there's a massive shortfall of health workers in the world’s poorest countries.  As ever, the poorest and most vulnerable are hardest hit.
Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives. Click here to find out more.
These are my 100 words: 

If it wasn’t for one particular midwife and registrar Harry wouldn’t be here.
If it wasn’t for two breastfeeding counsellors and a consultant Charles would still have tongue tie.
Doctors, nurses, consultants, registrars, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, counsellors, breastfeeding counsellors. These are SOME of the health professionals I have encountered in just less than 3 years whilst pregnant, giving birth and postnatal. If I ever need these people again, they are there.
If I ever need anyone medically for anyone in my family someone is there to help.
How very lucky is that?
Let’s NOT take it for granted anymore.

As I said above. For the last 3 years, and well, even before I fell pregnant, I had these professionals available to me and to my sons. These very professionals that are NEEDED in Africa. Its so easy to take this for granted. To know that, if needed, at the other end of the phone or a 15 minute car journey away we, in the UK, have the help we need. Yet in Africa, they don't. They have to suffer. They have no choice.
How lucky are we that we can over-react about a rash our child has and quickly take them to the doctor to be told its nothing. We feel that immediate relief and say "thank goodness I was just able to get him checked, even though I did worry over nothing".
Imagine not being able to be told your child is ok or that you have worried about nothing.
Imagine being told you've left it too late. When actually it isn't the fact that you've left it too late....its that the help wasn't available when you needed it. Or you couldn't afford the help.

Health workers save lives

Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children survive. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed and no woman can be given expert care during childbirth.
But the massive shortfall of health workers in some of the poorest countries is hitting the most vulnerable children and families the hardest.
Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives.

No Child Born to Die

Children are dying from causes we know how to prevent or treat.
That’s why lots more doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers are needed in the poorest countries. We can stop millions of children dying.
Our No Child Born to Die campaign has helped secure a massive increase in funding for life-saving vaccines. Now we must take the next step to ensure children don’t die simply because they are too poor to see a doctor or nurse.

It looks like most of my Blogger friends are tagged so if you're not JUST DO IT ANYWAY! Don't wait to be tagged.