Today sees Syd and I head off for his first day at pre-school. It is just an induction, and today I stay with him, on Friday he will go it alone. *cries a bit*
He is a lovely sociable little chap, and I think he will enjoy it, but for me his first day marks the end of the baby years, and the beginning of a new phase where I have to hand over a little of his joy to someone else, only for a few hours a week, but still.
Having said that, today also sees the launch of the #FirstDay campaign by Save The Children, and this makes me stop moping and be so very grateful that we have reached this day, when so many children don’t.
Every year 2.9 million babies die in their first month. Newborn deaths now account for nearly half of all under-five death. What an utter tragedy, even more so as many of these deaths are preventable with the help of a trained and equipped midwife along with basic medicines such as antiseptics and antibiotics, vital equipment and a clean environment to work in.
You can read the full Save The Children report on ending newborn death here. Save The Children trains midwives in some of the worlds poorest countries, as well as providing them with the tools and medication they need to save babies lives.
This year, for the first time, countries around the world will sit down to agree a global action plan to save newborn lives. Save The Children are working hard to ensure it is as ambitious as possible. And while getting governments to agree a plan on paper is a step in the right direction, we also need to see progress in training and equipping midwives.
You can read more on the Save The Children campaign on their campaign page here.
You can sign their petition urging David Cameron to sign up to their newborn promise. More information on that promise and how to sign can be found here.
You can donate to Save The Children here. Just £5 could buy life-saving antibiotics such as Amoxicillin to save a child from diseases such as sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. And £50 can pay to train a community health worker to give life-saving medicine and care to newborn babies and mothers.
And today (25th February) you can join in a special twitter chat with @savechildrenuk and @thinlyspread to help launch the campaign and spread the #FirstDay word. Join them to talk about some of your best #firstday ‘s, maybe at school, or the birth of your children. It takes place between 1-2 (UK time) and please use the #FirstDay hashtag.
Right, am off to prepare my little man for his first day, wish us both luck, and pass me the tissues,
Love Miss Cisco XXX