Every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. About 99% of maternal deaths occur in the developing world, and tragically, nearly all of them are preventable.
Those deaths create a devastating ripple effect. Children who lose their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die before their second birthday. And the truth is, healthy mothers create healthy societies so we should be doing everything in our power to help women and girls escape poverty around the world.
Please urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act today.
This bipartisan, comprehensive legislation will invest in low-cost, high-impact strategies that we already know will work — including routine immunizations, access to safe water and sanitation, and improved access to family planning resources. If passed, it is projected to save the lives of 600,000 women and 15 million children by 2020, effectively ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035.
Lack of access to family planning services affects young women and girls the hardest — especially girls ages 15-19. In fact, pregnancy and childbirth is the second-most common cause of death for girls in this age group and it’s a leading cause of death for all women in developing nations.
CARE has been working on sexual, reproductive, and maternal health programming for 50 years and currently supports programming in over 45 countries. These countries have some of the highest unmet needs for family planning services, resulting in high rates of preventable deaths among women, infants, and children. We need your help to pass legislation that can save women’s and children’s lives.
Please take action now, and show your support for improved maternal and family health — contact your Senators today. Together we can save lives!
To learn more about this action, go to www.care.org