Even though progress has been made over the last several decades in reducing mortality rates worldwide, nearly 5.9 million children still die each year before the age of 5 — from causes we can prevent.
Saving the lives of moms and babies
Since 1990, deaths of children under age 5 worldwide have been cut in half — and maternal deaths have decreased by nearly as much. This is one of the greatest success stories in international development in the last 25 years. Progress has largely been achieved with proven, inexpensive interventions that address the leading causes of death, including diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition, and complications during pregnancy and birth.
However, despite this progress:
- 16,000 children die every day, most from preventable and treatable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.
- 2.7 million newborns around the world die each year — about 1 million on their very first day of life.
- Over 300,000 women die annually due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 (S. 1911, HR. 3706) will help implement a more efficient, sustainable approach for saving the lives of moms and babies.
This bill will:
- Coordinate a U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths and help ensure healthy lives by 2035
- Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable populations, recognizing the unique needs within different countries and communities
- Accelerate partner country progress toward self-sustainability for maternal, newborn, and child health