Three years ago I chose to give birth to my lovely son at home. The labour went smoothly, it was text book.
What followed, however, was not: When my son was born his breathing was shallow. Luckily the midwives attending the birth were prepared and had a full resuscitation kit with them. They were able to give him oxygen. Just in case, they also called an ambulance.
The paramedics arrived within 10 minutes.
In the meantime, I started bleeding. I was haemorrhaging. The midwives gave me drugs to curb the bleeding. I kept loosing blood. I threw up as my body went into shutdown mode. My last bit of energy was used to get myself up narrow stairs that the paramedics couldn’t assist me up. I collapsed on the gurney and was whisked off to hospital with my new born. We were there in 10 minutes.
The bleeding was stopped within an hour. Within 48 hours I was given 4 pints of blood. All this FREE thanks to the National Health Service and our access to healthcare.
…had I been born in some poorer part of the world this could have been a very different ending- both for me and my gorgeous son. I dread to even think.
Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children and their mothers 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 is 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.
Save the Children’s 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 or have no access to one in time.
So what can YOU do? You are just a small voice… or so you think…. well no, YOU ain’t!
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. Lets do our damnedest to make sure Chris and Liz go on Tuesday armed with 60,000 signatures/ 22,000 for the Rest of the World.
- So first off –
In the UK: Let’s all sign the petition, 30 seconds work and a step closer.
In the rest of the World: Sign the Save The Children USA’s Petition .
- Then –
Take the 100 word blog challenge
– the challenge set by lovely bloggers @HelloItsGemma and @Michelletwinmumis 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 If you don’t have a blog use forums or Facebook notes, or just simply send me a guest post to put on this blog in your name.
….via twitter, facebook, email or your blog, to a number of other bloggers/ vloggers and ask them to do the same.
- 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.
Use the #healthworkers hashtag
It’s Time for Action!…. NOW!