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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Save the Children: Healthworkers Campaign: No Child Born to Die.

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Yesterday I attended a Bloggers and Vloggers conference at the London Headquarters of Save The Children.

If a your child is poorly you take them to the local GP or ring your Health visitor. You don't have to walk for days to get to your GP clinic, only to have to pay more than you afford to get your child treated - or worse still, have you child die on the journey.  No child should die through lack of a healthworker!

A quote from the Save The Children campaign:

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.

No child should die because they are unable to get help from a health worker, but because of a global shortage of 3.5 million doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers, every year millions do.


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.

I sat in the conference yesterday as a Mummy Blogger and was moved and outraged that we let other families children die, precious lives wasted.  We have become hardened and immune to images of suffering and it's all to easy to think that we can't help because the problem is too big and we live too far away.  That is complete nonsense not to mention a totally apathetic attitude.

YOU CAN HELP!

If our one voice joins many other voices working together as one large booming call for action we can help! 

Sign the petition that will be given to David Cameron this week at the UN General Assembly in New York where Mummy Blogger, and Save The Children Ambassador Christine Mosler of Thinly Spread will be to ensure our voices are heard - along with Liz Scarff from Save The Children.

Us Mummy Bloggers are a vocal and articulate bunch.  We're opinionated, passionate and strong women who can made a real difference by spreading the word to ensure that we can help save children and help other mothers using our blogs to do so.  Let's rally to help Save The Children and Chris show that we all behind the campaign.

Here's how bloggers can help:

There's been a challenge set by Michelle who blogs at Mummy From The Heart and Gemma who blogs at Hello It's Gemma. They have challenged us bloggers to post 100 posts of 100 words about an inspirational #healthworker that bloggers have encountered in their lives.  Get all of the posts linked up here by Tuesday.  If 100 bloggers each write a post about this campaign and encourage more people to sign the petition, that could make a massive dent in the 20,000 more signatures needed before Tuesday. 

Write your blog post of 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.

If you're on Twitter, you can Tweet, using the #healthworkers hashtag.

There have been 437 tweets using #healthworkers that have generated 729,644 impressions, reaching an audience of 237,686 followers within the past 24 hours! 

Get blog post writing, Facebook posting, tweeting, retweeting, put it on Google+, wave flags do whatever you can to support this campain!

Save The Children and help us show Chris and Liz we support them and the campaign as they work hard at the UN General Assembly in New York.

What are you waiting for?!

3 comments:

  1. It's fantastic how quickly this message is being spread, such a wonderful challenge to be involved in

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  2. am grateful to have attended on Saturday and heard so much first hand.
    love all your stats - Hoping that this blog hop can create more reach - spread the message!
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  3. Thank you so much lovely lady. Your support means so much. x

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