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Blog it for Babies
Monday, April 30th, 2012

I’m a bit late on this one because I’ve just come back from a trip to New York (yay! more of that later…). From Sunday 29th April to Friday 4th May, Bloggers from across the UK are coming together to raise awareness and funds for Save The Children’s #blogitforbabies campaign.

Click here to see a YouTube video about why it’s happening and what the bloggers hope to achieve.

The reason for this huge campaign is to show how social media can help save children’s lives in Bangladesh by helping to raise funds to buy seven new clinics.

Click here to donate – I’ve just done it and it takes seconds.

Here are some of the reasons why this campaign is so important to the mothers and babies of Bangladesh

  • Every hour of every day, 11 newborn babies die in Bangladesh. That€™s about one every six minutes
  • 1 in 19 children do not live to see their fifth birthday in Bangladesh because access to basic services such as healthcare is very limited, particularly in rural areas.
  • For every 10 births in Bangladesh, 8 mothers have to give birth in their home without a skilled health worker present, putting the life of their baby at risk.

Our new clinics in Baniachong and Ajmiriganj will reach:

  • 21,500 women of child-bearing age with family planning services
  • 3,000 pregnant women with antenatal care
  • 2,190 newborn babies with postnatal care, breastfeeding support for their mothers and antibiotics when they become ill
  • 2,218 infants aged up to one year, by helping their mothers to breastfeed and wean them safely and reducing the chance of life-threatening diseases such as diarrhoea and the risk of malnutrition
  • 43,600 people in the area with information on how to stay healthy and where to get help if they do become ill.

How people’s donations will save lives:

  • £5 can buy a brick €“ the most basic requirement for our new centres
  • £14 can buy a set of scales for weighing babies
  • £29 can buy a baby resuscitation kit to deliver vital oxygen to babies born with breathing difficulties
  • £75 can buy a delivery bed so that every mother can be as comfortable as possible during labour
  • £150 could pay for a health worker for a month so they can help delivery babies, and give life-saving treatment to sick children
  • £2,500 can help build a well to provide clean water for the clinic and keep families safe from deadly diseases

 

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