Yesterday I trekked down to London to attend the Save the Children blogging conference. And I’m so glad I did. Partially because I got the chance to meet up with some fabulous bloggers – some of whom I have met at other events, and some of whom I have only previously connected with online. But most of all I got to listen to some amazingly inspirational people talking about some of Save the Children’s campaigns, past and present.
And the one key message I took away – individuals can make a difference. One voice can make a difference. My voice can make a difference. Your voice can make a difference.
Earlier this year I took part in the #PassItOn campaign. Today I heard Christine Mosler and Lindsay Aitkin talking about their trip to Mozambique as part of that campaign. I found out that the campaign was hugely successful. The world leaders at their summit in London not only agreed to fund vaccinations for the world’s poorest children, but they actually pledged more money than had been asked for to the cause! The signatures on the petition and the huge social media campaign made it clear how much this action was wanted. I was a part of that.
But now there’s a new problem. All this funding for vaccinations has been secured, but there is a shortage of health workers to actually administer them. Today, through the wonders of modern technology, we were able to hear from a health worker called Lucy direct from South Sudan. She talked about her work, and how she has the opportunity to save people’s lives every day. She told us how important it was to have more health workers like her so that more lives can be saved.
Every year 8 million children under the age of five die. They are dying of completely avoidable causes, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. No parent should see their child die because they can’t get basic treatment.
Usually on a Sunday I give up my voice, and take part in #SilentSunday by simply posting one picture with no words. This Sunday though I am using my voice to save lives. On Tuesday the world leaders are meeting at the United Nations, and Save the Children are calling on David Cameron to set an example to the rest of the world. They’re asking him to put health workers at the heart of his government’s plans to save children’s lives in poor countries. Yesterday I signed the Save the Children petition, and today I am asking you to do the same. There are currently just over 40,000 signatures on the petition. Save the Children would like 60,000 by the time of the summit. That’s two days away. Two days to get all those signatures. Can we do it? I don’t know, but we can try, and I do know every single signature, every single voice will make a difference.
If you believe that no child is born to die, please sign the petition, and keep the politicians working towards that goal.
What you need to do:
- Did you sign the petition yet? If not, go and do that now, and then come back!
- Then the challenge set by @HelloItsGemma and @michelletwinmum is that they want (need) to see 100 posts of 100 words linked up on Michelle’s blogby 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
- Link to a number of other bloggers/ vloggers and ask them to do the same.
- 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.
When my son was only two weeks old he was hospitalised with viral gastroenteritis. He spent 24 hours within the High Dependency Unit of our local hospital, with at least one healthcare professional present at all times. I can’t single any individual one out – they were all fantastic. These people cared for him, and made him better. It was a very scary time, and made me very grateful for the health care I have access to. Not every child is born so lucky, and in a country with fewer healthcare professionals my son’s condition could very well have been fatal.
If you want to join in, don’t wait to be tagged, just join in, please!