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: