4 May 2020
Our partnership with the award winning actress, writer and comedian began with our BBC Radio 4 Appeal in February this year. Our Appeal told the story of Hawa, a young mother who lives in rural Somaliland, where 40% of women do not survive pregnancy and childbirth. After a complication during her pregnancy, Hawa received an emergency C-Section and was able to return home with a healthy baby girl thanks to life-saving support from Saed, a qualified nurse, and Dr Khalil, a medical doctor, who both took part in THET’s training programme in emergency obstetric and newborn care.
With Julie’s support, the Appeal raised an incredible £13,135. These funds are enabling us to continue working to create a world where everyone, everywhere, has access to quality healthcare.
Shortly after our Appeal, in February 2020, the impact of COVID-19 began to be felt around the world, making it clearer than ever that health workers are on the frontlines of ensuring our health.
In recognition of this, we launched our Lives on the Line: Health Worker Action Fund campaign. The key objective of the campaign is to protect the health and well-being of as many LMIC front-line health workers as possible. 100% of all donations made to the Fund will go towards providing health workers with life-saving equipment and protection, remote training, mentorship and advice, and psychological support.
Soon after the launch of the campaign, Julie provided us with a message of support that is a buoy to our efforts and which strengthens our determination to redouble our efforts to support health workers across the world:
“I came to know of THET through the story of Saed. A nurse on the frontline in Somaliland, the challenges he is facing are different but his dedication to ensuring his patients receive the care they need has remained the same. Today the world is in the midst of a pandemic and we cannot face this alone. We must stand together. I’m proud to stand in solidarity with health workers all around the world and to support THET’s Lives on the Line: Health Worker Action Fund campaign, please stand with us.”