Oxfam's Health & Education For All campaign is active in over 15 countries around the world.
This week, we take a look at the campaign in the Netherlands, where signing a petition means hugging a nurse.
Curious what this looks like? Watch this video...
The question remains, why exactly are the Dutch are hugging nurses?
In many poor countries public health services are kept afloat by a skeleton of staff of overworked and underpaid nurses, doctors and other workers. Many put in long hours with for very little pay. Oxfam calls that heroic!
We want these nurses and doctors to be seen for the heroes that they are.
Hugging a nurse shows that we appreciate the work these amazing people are doing despite these challenges – we are saying thank you! But people are also hugging to show that they want governments and international institution to invest in and support quality health care for all people.
Poor countries need 4 million more doctors and nurses. This serious shortage of health workers across the world is one of the biggest challenges to achieving health and development goals, and ultimately ending poverty. The crisis is stopping people getting the medicines and vaccinations they need. It is the reason why every minute one woman still dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
This is a crisis that’s preventable with the right money provided to poor countries. That’s the money that will pay for more nurses and doctors as well as the medicines and medical equipment they need.
The campaign in the Netherlands has just started and already more than 7000 people have hugged a nurse – and there are far more who have pledged their support for our campaigning on health and education.
Check out these photos to see some hugging action!
And if you're Dutch yourself, why not get involved in Oxfam Novib's campaign and hug a nurse yourself!