On Saturday, The Save the Children Campaign held their first blogging conference.
When we moan about the NHS we need to stop and think that children in the poorest countries are dying purely because of the lack of basic healthcare.
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.
We all watch the news and see the adverts which break our hearts but usually feel there's nothing we can do unless we put our hands in our pockets.
Well there is - and this is where bloggers are taking action. Founding Twitterers @michelletwinmum and @helloitsgemma set their initial target for 100 people to sign the petition at Save the Children and then to write 100 words about a health care professional they have dealt with in the past. We must then tag other bloggers.
So instead of sitting back and doing nothing or feeling guilty because we never get around to making that donation, we can sign THIS PETITION to makes these requests:
Dear Prime Minister,
We call on the UK Government to:
1) Attend a high level event during the UN General Assembly where the UK and other governments make commitments to fund, train, deploy and support more health workers.
2) Commit new and additional support to help key countries strengthen their health workforce.
3) By the end of the year, articulate how the government will support countries to deliver on the UN Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health.
MY HEALTHCARE STORY
When I gave birth to my son, I needed to be cut and stitched. During the days that followed his birth, the stitches were agony - so much so that I could barely sit.
In the comfort of my own bedroom, my cool and calm midwife removed a couple that were causing the trouble and I felt like a new woman.
Looking back, as much as it was unpleasant at the time, I realise how fortunate I was - not only to have my lovely midwife, but to have had the professional services on hand to carry out an episiotomy in the first place. In poorer countries, women and babies are dying purely because a simple procedure such as this would present a major risk.
Please help by joining this great cause and signing the petition above.
I now tag fellow blogger & Twitterers: