Urge Congress to Support Vaccines; Advocate for The Reach Act
Tell Congress that the world’s most vulnerable children deserve a fighting chance!
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Great Progress, Great Need
According to UNICEF's Levels and Trend in Child Mortality 2017 report, the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low. The rate of child mortality fell 62 per cent from 1990-2016. This is one of the greatest global success stories in the last 27 years. In partnership with UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) played a leading role in reducing child deaths by increasing access to lifesaving vaccines, quality nutrition, and other cost-effective interventions.
Despite the incredible progress made,
- every day, 15,000 children are still dying — many from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, maternal and neotnatal tetanus, and pneumonia;
- 303,000 women still die every year from complications during pregnancy or childbirth; and
- the proportion of under-five deaths among newborns increased from 41% to 46%.
You can play a vital role in this urgent fight to save millions of childrens' lives.
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1730 / H.R.4022)
This legislation would commit the U.S. government to helping end preventable deaths of moms and kids within a generation, by coordinating and scaling up the healthcare solutions we know will save lives, including routine immunizations and breastfeeding. Although USAID has in place a powerful strategy to save the lives of children and mothers in priority countries, it lacks the force of law needed to ensure its implementation. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen Congressional support and oversight for U.S. maternal and child health programs. You can read more about the legislation here.