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Health

Now is the time to put mothers first

Flickr- Charles Pieters

Every two minutes, a woman somewhere dies in pregnancy or childbirth--and the vast majority of these deaths are preventable. The thing that amazes me is that 98% of these deaths are in developing countries. Where you live shouldn't determine whether or not your mother survives.

We know how to prevent these deaths. It requires things like strengthening health systems, investing in safe and affordable health services, and educating and empowering girls and women. World leaders just need to prioritize these simple solutions.

The G7 Summit is one of the most highly anticipated gatherings of world leaders in 2015 and this issue isn’t even on their agenda. Failure to take action right now means maternal health won’t even be mentioned at the Summit.

Later this month, my colleagues at the Global Poverty Project and I are meeting with key advisors to G7 world leaders to discuss the importance of prioritizing maternal and newborn and child health. We want to send a message loud and clear that maternal, newborn, and child health should be a priority of the G7 summit. Can you join me by taking action in the Take Action Now button?