A Glasgow midwife has joined celebrity Myleene Klass to launch Build It For Babies, a Save the Children campaign which will save the lives of thousands of new-born babies in Bangladesh.
Anne Tourish was invited to London along with six other midwives from across the UK to support Save the Children’s appeal to raise £1 million to build seven maternal health clinics in the north east of Bangladesh.
Anne started her career as a student nurse in 1984 and qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987. She started her training as a midwife straight away and was fully qualified by 1989. She has now been practicing midwifery for 23 years and now heads up the Homebirth Team for Glasgow.
Anne said: “It was my first time working for Save the Children and it was a real whirlwind.
“I got the phone call on the Monday and then the next week I was in London.
“Save the Children brought seven of us together from all over the country and what I ttok away from my day in London was that it is all about riasing awareness.”
Myleene Klass, having visited Bangladesh, has already seen first-hand the conditions that some women give birth and that inspired her to support this campaign.
She said: “Early this year I took part in an emotional yet inspiring trip to Bangladesh with Save the Children. I saw first-hand the daily struggle mothers go through before and after they give birth.
“It’s heartbreaking to think that women in this region of Bangladesh have to walk 6 miles and pay a month’s wages if they want to deliver their babies at a health clinic. At home we take this healthcare for granted.
“I implore you to support the ‘Build it for Babies’ appeal. Just £5 can buy a brick to make one of the much needed health clinics.”
Save the Children Chief Executive Justin Forsyth said: “Bangladesh is one of the worst countries in the world to start a life. 8 out of 10 mothers give birth in their home without a skilled health worker present, putting their own lives, and the lives of their babies at risk. We appeal to the British public to donate so we can build clinics to help us stop these needless deaths.”
Notes to Editors
The clinics will provide vital, life-saving medical services to more than 150,000 people per year currently cut off from any proper kind of healthcare. Those willing to lend their support can make a £5 donation and buy a brick to help build the clinics, pay for a piece of medical equipment or give £150 to fund the salary of a paramedic for a month. Donations can be made via Save the Children's Build it for Babies virtual clinic microsite: www.savethechildren.org.uk/buildit
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