The NHS in the UK is free at the point of need. Think about any time your child has seen a health worker. Perhaps it was a midwife or doctor at their birth. Maybe a health visitor checking their weight and offering advice when you were a worried new mum. They may have had their immunisations. Possibly they had something more serious and needed to go to hospital. Now imagine you live in East Africa and have no access to a health worker. None. No one at your birth, no one to to help you with your newborn, no one to immunise your baby against fatal diseases, no one. Imagine your child is ill and there is no one to help them. Heartbreaking.
These are my 100ish words.
I wasn't able to attend the Save the Children blogging conference yesterday, but I attended the last one in February. It was an inspirational day. I can see from my Twitter stream and Google Reader that this one was just as powerful.
I have been tagged by Ruth at Geekmummy to take some action, to echo the rallying cry. I have heard first hand from Chris Mosler about her experiences in Mozambique. She is currently in New York telling her story, making a difference.
What can we do? Make some noise for the Save the Children Health Workers campaign, write 100 words and sign the petition.
I am going to ask a few other bloggers to join in...
Being a Mummy
Me, the Man & the Baby
And one more...
The 5 F's
Flower Fairies and Fairy Cakes
If you haven't been tagged, but would like to join in, please join in. Let me know and I'll tag you too.