Sunday, 18 September 2011

Let mummies feel safe - Support Save the Children's Campaign for more Health Workers in Africa

I grew up in Germany and live in the UK now. Both countries provide excellent medical care for young and old and this gives me as a parent a huge feeling of security. I know that if Amy is feeling unwell, I can see a doctor. I know that if she should ever get seriously ill, there will be an ambulance or even a helicopter there to ensure she gets medical help as quick as possible. Mums in developing countries don't know this feeling. Many of them have to carry their ill babies for days to get to the nearest doctor - just to find out that they're too late. To find out that their baby is dying. Help giving these mums a feeling of security. Help providing a wider availability of health care in developing countries. Help saving lives!
Copyright: Save the Children
On Tuesday, fellow blogger 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 41,849 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. Sign the petition!
2. Why not take part in the challenge set by HelloItsGemma and Michelle? They want (need) to see 100 posts of 100 words linked up here by Tuesday. If 100 bloggers write a post and encourage more signatures it will go a long way to obtaining those much needed remaining 20,000 signatures! Write your 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life.
3. Add a link to the petition and either link or add in some information from Save the Children about the #Healthworkers campaign.
4. Link to bloggers and vloggers you know and encourage them to take part.
5. Spread the news on Facebook, Twitter, any way you can.

My 100 words:
When I gave birth to Amy, things got really worrying at some point during labour. Her heart beat slowed down every time I had a contraction and the doctors had to take blood from her head to see if she was alright. They found out that my contractions were too strong for her, so the doctors and midwives decided that it would be safer for Amy if we turned the drip down. In an African village there is no chance to find out if your baby is fine. There is no chance to ensure their safety. The baby would die!

The lovely bloggers I’d love to see take part are:

Carol from Dance Without Sleeping
Mirka from All Baby Advice
Adele from Circus Queen
Ella from Purple Mum
Jenny from Mummy Mishaps
Frances from Mother Venting


  1. Thanks for your lovely post!
    We really are very lucky when it comes to healthcare and it's easy to take it for granted. I can't imagine now being a Mother with no safety net for my little ones if they fell ill. Imagine knowing there was no help at all, and living in fear of illness knowing it could well be fatal.
    It doesn't bear thinking about.

  2. We really are so fortunate. This is a great post, fab to see you lined up :)

  3. Great post and very worthwhile cause. Im unable to take part due to being on holiday this week. Im off to sign the petition though, and if there's anything I can do on my blog next week let me know.

  4. So well put, many many thanks for joining in!

  5. echo exactly what Chris said, perfectly put. thank you



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