I attended the Save The Children Blogger’s Conference on Saturday. I took my seven year old son, Dexter, with me, primarily because my Other Half was at his own conference, but also because I wanted Dexter to be aware of this amazing organization. So that we could, at least on a seven year old level, talk about children less fortunate than him and help him to understand that he’s a very lucky boy.
It was a bittersweet day. It was great to meet up with like minded bloggers, to see how we can all come together from all corners of the country for such a great cause and to know that I could be a very small part of something so inspiring. The parent blogging community is powerful. It’s full of determined, proud, strong and energetic people who, especially when they come together, can do amazing things, and I’m proud to say I’m now a part of this.
We heard about the vital work that health workers do globally in poorer communities but how they are in short supply. What these health workers do is VITAL.
Christine Mosler from Thinly Spread, recently visited Mozambique and brought many of us to tears (herself included,) when she relived some of the sights she saw whilst out there. She is currently in New York as the world leaders are meeting at the UN tomorrow (20th September.) She is part of the Save the Children team who are there to ensure these leaders commit to filling the massive shortfall in midwives, nurses and doctors in the poorest countries. Christine said:
“Mozambique opened my eyes in a way that nothing on TV, radio, internet or newspapers can. The realisation that millions of people worldwide have no access to healthcare and what that means in reality, on the ground, won’t leave me.
I am flying to New York tomorrow evening after the Save the Children Blogging conference. I am going because I want to make more noise. I want David Cameron and the other world leaders to ensure that everyone has access to a health worker. Health workers save lives. Children are dying every day because they are out of reach of expert care and that is wrong.
I cannot imagine having to watch a child die simply because I live in the wrong place. My children saw health professionals in their early years more times than I can count and I took it for granted that they could; that it was our right. Every mother and child has that right.”
And that’s exactly it. Every mother and child has the right to live – no matter where they live in the world.
Michelle from Mummy From The Heart and Gemma from Hello It’s Gemma have called us parents to arms to support Chris and her team in the valuable work they’re doing. They have asked for 100 bloggers to write 100 words about their experience of health workers so that when Chris meets the world leaders she can show them just how passionate we are about this.
It’s vital we sign the petition to end the health worker crisis. Please click HERE, it only takes 30 seconds to sign, and ensure that David Cameron knows how you feel.
Here are my 100 words:
“It feels like such a long time since I was pregnant but the overriding feeling I have of my birth experience, seven years on, is that is was long! I was induced and my labour took three days. I remember the sheer panic during the last hour when Dexter’s heartbeat dropped and they had to get him out ASAP. Thankfully, the staff were amazing and he arrived safe and sound.
He’s gone on to thrive.
Would he have survived if we lived in Mozambique? Or Sudan? With such limited healthcare? Probably not. An utterly terrifying thought.
Please sign the petition.”
Dexter was as good as gold at the conference. He made friends, played on the laptop and ate his own body weight in pineapple and brownies. He’s loved, cared for and will always have adequate healthcare. I wish every child was as lucky.