There was a buzz of frenzied activity at the UN as roads were closed for sweeping motorcades and Very Important Persons were whisked behind closed doors to discuss Important Matters and make Important Decisions which will affect the lives of millions. Meanwhile, a quiet determined on-line buzz was building calling on those Very Important People to make the right choices, right now.
An army of activists dressed as health workers with stethoscopes and crisp white coats led an even larger army of pregnant women in a march through the streets of New York. The hustle and bustle of Time Square slowed as a human jigsaw slowly came together to reveal an image of a Nigerian health worker called Katherine and the simple message ‘Health workers Save Lives’.
Back in the UK an army of parents led by Michelle and Gemma fanned a spark into a blazing fire and the parenting blogging community came together to call for more health workers, better trained for the women and children of the world.
8 million children die every year of preventable causes. Numbers. With people behind them. Real people with real lives. People with hopes, dreams and love in their hearts. People like you and me.
Here are my 100 words. Why I am grateful to health workers.
You Were There
When my first child died in my womb and my world crumbled
When my second couldn’t open his eyes
When my third struggled for air in those dark scary hours
When my fourth split her head
When my fifth surprised me with that little blue line
When things went wrong…
You were there.
No woman should give birth alone without the attention and care of a health worker. No woman should be dying needlessly in labour. No baby should be dying before it has a chance at life. No child should be dying of a preventable illness. I call on you, Very Important People, to put a stop to this scandal and provide health workers for all.
The time is now.