Serious Sunday – it’s time for action!
No Silent Sunday photo this week for me. Now is the time for action and that means I need to get serious. Yesterday I went to a fantastic conference for bloggers organised by Save the Children. Save the Children are currently campaigning to increase the number of trained healthworkers available in parts of the world where there are severe shortages.
I feel so lucky to have a GP a 15 minute walk away and a major teaching hospital a short bus ride away. I cannot imagine having to walk for days to get to the nearest health centre, as some mothers do. So many young children die needlessly for want of basic medical care. It would have been easy to be overwhelmed by thinking about the implications of this, but actually there was a really strong message that we can all do something to change the situation. We can use our voices to say ‘This is the time for action’.
As well as finding out more about the work of Save the Children, I met lots of lovely people, and got lots of useful tips about how to develop my blog. (I also got to taste chocolate brownies from Utterly Scrummy that really lived up to their name.) Some of the bloggers who were there yesterday suggested an idea of how we could use our blogs to publicise the campaign. The idea is that I write 100 words about a great health worker I have encountered. And if lots of bloggers do this and use every channel available to them to draw attention to this then we will get those 20,000 extra people to add themselves to the petition.
Here are my 100 words Last summer we were on holiday in Wales and my son (who was then 22 months old) developed a cough that became worse and worse, until he was struggling to breathe. Fortunately we were able to get an emergency appointment in a local health centre. There was a fantastic nurse who was very good at calming us all down. She persuaded our son to inhale the ‘magic smoke that will make you feel better’. Later that day, although Aled was still unwell, his usual zest for life started to return and he even managed to do some playing and bouncing.
Now it’s your turn Write your 100 words, and do everything you can to draw attention to this. Add a link to this page on the Mummy from the Heart blog, tweet about it, put it on facebook, tell people you know and people you don’t. We need those 20,000 signatures. Earlier this year Save the Children had great success in persuading presidents and prime ministers to spend money on life-saving vaccines and now we want them to have similar success with this, not least because vaccines cannot be given to children without healthworkers to do this. Please, please add your voice to this campaign.
Post edited April 2015 to remove out-of-date links and references to a petition that has already been submitted to the Prime Minister.