Yesterday Senator Collins and Coons introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. You can take action, and ask your members of Congress to cosponsor this new legislation.
Senator Collins addressed the Senate about the importance of this bill:
“Everyday approximately 800 women will die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, more than 17,000 children under the age of five will die each day from treatable causes…It is a tragedy that so many preventable deaths still occur, especially given that there are so many effective and established maternal and child health protocols and policies…nutritional supplements, handwashing with soap, other basic needs that remain elusive for far too many women in developing countries.”
Senator Coons followed:
“Some doubt that we can make a lasting and meaningful impact on the poorest of the poor in the developing world. Over the past 25 years, we have cut in half the number of mothers and children under 5 who die (from) illnesses associated with childbirth. We face challenges, but progress is a telling sign of what happens when we come together and apply effective interventions.”
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act will:
- Bring proven, simple, cost-effective interventions to the countries and the people who need them most.
- Coordinate a U.S. strategy to make sure aid is effective and transparent.
- Set an ambitious, but achievable goal to end preventable child deaths within a generation.
One of the most effective forms of advocacy you can do is to meet with your members of Congress in-district, and August is a great time to do it. Sign up for a meeting and we will give you everything you need, from how to schedule and prepare, to what to say during your meetings and how to follow up.
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