Lois in Africa

Reporter:

Lois Hough

THE flight home gives me time to reflect on my trip to Tanzania.

Meeting those brave children has really helped me to put things into perspective and appreciate what I have got back at home.

Gone are the days I complain about my mum’s beef stroganoff. Instead, I am grateful I eat three meals a day.

No longer will I moan about my so-called power shower, or lack thereof. Instead I am glad I have clean water.

I was hugely impressed by the staff at Save the Children, from office administrators to nurses in the field.

Projects like the Kangaroo Mother Care are saving hundreds of lives but this charity wants to achieve even more as Rachel Pounds, country director, explains.

“For a baby to die in the first six weeks in Tanzania is completely normal.

“It has happened for hundreds of years so it has become a cultural norm. There is some grief but then it is accepted.

“But we want people to realise it is not normal. In fact it is a tragedy.

“We could save thousands upon thousands of babies if we put more money and training into looking after them babies in the first six weeks of their life.

“People need to be made aware of the situation.”

I am told that an “influx” of cheques has already been received by the charity since my column appeared in the Leader.

On behalf of Save the Children I would like to say a huge thanks for all your support.

To donate go to www.savethechildren.org.uk.

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