Sunday, 18 September 2011

No Child Born To Die - Save The Children Campaign

Yesterday I attended a Bloggers and Vloggers conference at the London Headquarters of Save The Children.  I've blogged about it on my other blog

As a result of the conference and the Save The Children #Healthworkers Campaign, 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
Here's mine:
Exactly one week before my due date with our third daughter, my husband suffered a brain haemorrhage. He was operated on, and a mass of abnormal blood vessels the size of a golf ball that had caused the bleed were removed, and his life was saved.  Without the skilled and prompt treatment from the medical professionals at the hospital 3 miles from our home, he would have died.
Two days after my due date when I gave birth to my third daughter, I suffered a major post partum haemorrhage and lost 2.5 litres of blood.  I had to be given emergency transfusions and rushed into theatre so the bleeding could be stopped.  Again, if it was not for the skilled and prompt treatment from the medical professionals at the hospital 3 miles from our home, I would have died.
If my family lived in a country without free, accessible, and skilled medical care my children would've been orphans. Within the space of 9 days, our local hospital had saved the lives of myself and my husband.  I am very grateful to all those who helped us.  I work as a nurse at the very same hospital that saved us both.  I am a healthworker.  I am very grateful to be able to do the job that I do and help save the lives of others.
We can all help save the lives of others by signing the Save The Children Petition.
A quote from the Save The Children campaign:

Health workers save lives!

Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children, and mothers 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.

What are you waiting for?!?!

If you're a blogger, write your blog post and link it up here.

Tweet using the #healthworkers hashtag.

We can all make a difference!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Save The Children Blogging Conference

Question: Will politicians get sick of Social Media Campaigns?

Answer: If they do the we shout louder! It gives normal people a voice, and is difficult to ignore. Politicians cannot ignore their constituents for too long. They have to listen to the voice of the people.

Everyone shout as loud as you can, virtually of course! LOL

Question:  Do the variety of Save The Children Campaigns spread them too thin?

Answer: All campaigns give impact. All are interrelated and closely linked together. Main purpose is to Save The Children!

Save The Children Bloggers Conference

Christine Moseler is talking about the Every Child Born to Shine campaign. They followed the trail of a vaccine, so that Mum Bloggers in the UK could give a voice to the Mum's in Mozambique.

Campaign reached just under 30 million people. The point is that when you put all the social media involvement together it makes a HUGE difference. A retweet or facebook status may seem minor but it gets the word out. So get doing it!

Watching a vid from the project that Liz & Christine were involved in Trying not to bawl buckets at what some women and their children have to go through in other countries. We should not tolerate this without doing something about it!

Can you imagine what it feels like as a mother for your child to die of a preventable disease?!  They walk for miles to reach health clinics which may or may not have the vaccine, and they may not be able to afford it if there are doses available.

Christine now reading The Voice of the Voiceless. Beautifully written, profound and brutally honest.

Why do we stand by and let children die?! They are children like our own, precious lives wasted!

All you need to do is tweet or blog and it will help, find out what you can do and make a difference.

No child should be born to die!!

Help Save The Children Healthworkers Campaign

Hearing Lucy a healthworker in South Sudan via satellite phone, they need infrastructure and more healthworkers. Especially for the hard to reach communities. More training for heathworkers too.

Get involved and sign the petition so that we can try and make a difference here:

Save The Children Campaign for Healthworkers

Save The Children Bloggers Conference

Our children in the UK are so fortunate to have healthcare, food, clean water and accommodation. Not all children in the world are so lucky.  Children and mothers in poorer countries are dying because there are not enough doctors, nurses and midwives. 

Save The Children are going to the United Nations General Assembly in New York and will do a Times Square takeover to publicise the issue.

Our mission as bloggers is to visit the website and make a submission.

Go and hassle your local MP, sign the petition online too. Spread the word!! Save The Children!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Handmade Apron - Handmade Thursday

The gorgeous Tracy who blogs over at White Lily Green has a fabulous Handmade Thursday linky and I thought it was about time I joined in again.  I recently purchased some fairly decent quality sheets from a local charity shop and made plain white tote bags for my daughters to decorate.  I also made an apron as my daughters had been nagging me for a while to make them one each.  I will be making the other two over the coming weeks but thought I would show off the first of the three.

I used bias binding that I had in my sewing box and some fabric scraps to make the strawberries.  I enjoyed sewing the embroidery watching telly in the evenings.  My daughers friends all want one now so I may be making loads more.

Assisted by my 8yo daughter, here are the photos of the finished apron:

What have you made? Join the linky and show it off!