Advocate now: Help end preventable maternal and newborn deaths globally

Support the Reach Every Mother and Child Act  

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives recently introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act to help end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally. This bill would accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths worldwide by enacting key reforms that increase the effectiveness and impact of our government’s existing maternal and child survival programs.

Since 1990, mortality rates of mothers and children under the age of five have been cut by more than half. This is one of the greatest success stories in international development in the last 25 years. Progress has largely been achieved using simple solutions and proven, inexpensive interventions to address leading causes of death, including diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition, and complications during pregnancy and birth. Despite this remarkable progress, over 5 million children and 300,000 women die each year from preventable causes, 99 percent of which occur in developing countries.

As a people whose faith calls us to seek the well-being of our neighbor, we have an opportunity to encourage our government officials to enhance existing programs so that more mothers and children can survive.

Urge Congress to take necessary steps to prevent maternal and newborn deaths by supporting the Reach Every Mother and Child Act now!

Specifically, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act would:

  • Require a coordinated U.S. government strategy for contributing to ending preventable child and maternal deaths;
  • Establish rigorous reporting requirements to improve transparency, accountability, efficiency, and oversight of maternal and child health programs;
  • Authorize the position of Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator at USAID to reduce duplication of efforts and ensure that resources are being used to maximize impact,
  • Ensure USAID focuses on the scale-up of evidence based interventions to maximize impact and return of existing U.S. investments; and
  • Help USAID explore and implement innovative financing tools, and leverage additional public-private resources, complimenting existing U.S. assistance.

Please take a moment to ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor this important legislation.

 

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