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!


  1. oh wow, that's terrible but great at the same time - terrible that you & your family had to go through this but great that we have a health service in this country that is so accessible .
    Great post

  2. Oh my goodness! This is so scary but makes you even more thankful doesn't it! I'm so glad you and your hubby were safe in the end. xx

  3. love it that you have a second home - I can't imagine having such experiences - very sobering. thanks once again xx

  4. love it that you have a second home

    desperate experiences, thanks so much for sharing. X

  5. Oh goodness, how amazing. We are very privileged to have such incredible people available to us. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the campaign and for helping me to shout loudly in NY.