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September 30, 2010

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FortyNotOut

Hey Rosie - I've just been catching up with your trip to Africa. What an experience it must have been - especially starting with the emergency landing! This makes amazing reading. I remember always buying the Pampers nappies because of the Unicef logo but to read the story behind it is heartbreaking. Thank you for bringing it to the attention of everyone and making it a reality, rather than just a passing thing we see on the supermarket shelf. xxx

Whimsical Wife

Just catching up on the Pampers Big Kiss and your trip - fabulously written Rosie and you're making me have tears x

Susie H

What an amazing post.
Thank you for drawing attention to this.

Rosie Scribble

Many thanks indeed. I'm really pleased I'm able to highlight the incredible work of UNICEF in this way. Like you, I would see the logo and not really know any of the stories behind the campaign. It is heartbreaking but many of the people we met had been helped by the Pampers and UNICEF partnership and it was amazing to see the product we see on the supermarket shelf really making a difference to people's lives.

Rosie Scribble

Thanks Wendy. I suppose this post must have really made you think given your own circumstances. It makes difficult reading in parts doesn't it?

Rosie Scribble

Thank you. It was a subject I knew very little about until I travelled out there. It is great to be able to bring the message home to others about life in the developing world.

nappyvalleygirl

Excellent post - and so important that we remember what the reality of childbirth is like for so many.

It makes me cross sometimes when people in the UK complain that 'birth is so medicalised these days'. They are so lucky to have access to hospitals and lifesaving interventions...

Rosie Scribble

You're absolutely right. The majority of the women we met gave birth at home alone with absolutely nothing - in fact, that's tomorrow's post. It is a world away from the highly clinical medical settings we have in the developed world and unsurprising that so many women die in childbirth every year. Alarming, disturbing and very shocking.

Jo Beaufoix

Brill post Rosie. Heartbreaking. I hd no idea conditions were still that basic.

nixdminx

It's not until you see the conditions that you actually begin to realise how little some people have. When we were in Bangladesh there were no bottles for milk, no pushchairs either. Women there have to stay clothed during birth and the state of the hospitals is nothing short of shocking. I know many people in the UK who would not have survived birth, nor their children, in these conditions, yet it's just the beginning and there's lots of other diseases which untreated become fatal. I hope your blogs are raising awareness.

Rosie Scribble

You're absolutely right. To think that the hospitals and health centres were visited were likely to have been cleaned prior to our arrival makes it even more shocking because they really were poor. There was simply nothing there. I didn't see a single bottle or pushchair either. To think what happens to the women who experience complications during childbirth, especially those who are giving birth alone at home, is tragic and very very disturbing. As you say, this is just the beginning, and you have experienced yourself - there are so many diseases that become fatal when untreated. How different are lives are here.

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