Call on Congress to End Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths
Urge Congress to Pass the Reach Act
According to the latest child mortality report, the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low. UNICEF has helped to cut the world’s child mortality rate by 62% since 1990, 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
- more than 80% of the newborns who died in 2017 died from preventable and treatable causes.
You can play a vital role in this urgent fight to save millions of childrens' lives.
Take Action Now!
Every child deserves the opportunity to survive and thrive, and no parents should experience the heartbreak of watching their child suffer or die. Reach out to your Congressmembers to ensure every mother and baby has access to affordable, quality care.
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The Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1766)
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. Improving breastfeeding practices globally could save the lives of more than 800,000 children under 5 every year.
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.