Where would you be without healthcare?

I have been living in a baby bubble for the past six months and have barely seen any news so I can safely say that reading the information about Save the Children's no child born to die campaign shocked me. The campaign aims to ensure that no children die because they can't see a health worker. An estimated 750,000 children will die in East Africa because of the severe drought. We take it for granted that if our child is sick, they will be seen by a doctor, nurse or midwife but in the world's poorest countries, there is a massive shortfall of health workers.

Save the Children would like you to sign their latest petition, their target is 60,000 signatures.

The petition asks David Cameron to commit to support to help key countries strengthen their health workforce.

To support this campaign two bloggers who attended the Save the Children Blogging conference on Saturday 17th September,helloitgemma and michelletwinmum are trying to get 100 bloggers linked up with a 100 word meme before Tuesday.

So this is what you need to do to help:

  1. So first off - Let's all sign the petition, 30 seconds work and a step closer.
  2. Then the challenge set by @HelloItsGemma and Michelletwinmum’s. They 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
  3. Link to a number of other bloggers/vloggers and ask them to do the same. 
  4. 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.
I work in healthcare (with dementia sufferers) and I have met so many wonderful healthcare professionals through this but here are my 100 words about the one who made a difference to me.

My son was born with a tongue-tie, severe enough for him  not be able to breastfeed. The Doctors said they wouldn’t operate until he turned two. I wanted to breastfeed my baby. Then when he was ten day old, along came Jenny, the midwife. She listened and acted. She referred us on Friday and on Monday, he had his tongue tie cut. Her instinct meant that I breastfed my son for six months afterwards.

We are lucky to have access to healthcare and whilst we moan about it, think about those less fortunate who have no means of healthcare support.

I am passing this on to the following bloggers whose blogs I follow and enjoy reading.
Alyson's Blog

All about the boys 
Reflections of a modern mother in B flat
Him Me & Three
Lizardbreath Bek
Mummy & Mimi
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