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.
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.
Today 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?
With the help of us all they can!
Together we can 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.
To support this campaign the bloggers @helloitsgemma and @michelletwinmum are trying to get 100 bloggers linked up with a 100 word meme before Tuesday.
What you need to do:
1. Go sign the petition NOW! http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=7&ea.campaign.id=11203&ea.param.extras=tracking:website
2. Write your 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life. Add a link to the petition and include some information from Save the Children about the #Healthworkers campaign at http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/50_health-workers-save-lives.htm
3. Link to a number of other bloggers and ask them to do the same.
4. Link your blog post up to @michelletwinmum blog by Tuesday at http://mdplife.blogspot.com/2011/09/lets-make-chris-proud-will-you-join-us.html
4. Tell the world; by Tweet or facebook or good old word of mouth.
My 100 words:
One hundred words on a great health worker, the only problem is choosing. For this campaign I'm choosing the nurse at my GP practice who sends reminders to mums about the vaccinations that are scheduled for our kids. She reminds us, we book in and then as gently as she can she allays our fears, answers our questions, gives the injection and copes with the child screaming in her face. She sees every child in the community, she delivers the free vaccinations for everything under the sun and she even has time to talk. Can you imagine just some of this provision in the third world? That is our campaign in a nutshell!