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Congress Should Pass Reach Every Mother And Child Act

Huffington Post: If Congress Acts, We Can Save Moms and Kids
Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network

“…[T]he Reach Every Mother and Child Act (Reach Act), would ensure that the U.S. focuses on the poorest and most vulnerable women and children, sets ambitious targets, and has a strategy in place for meeting the targets. By scaling up the kind of low-cost, high-impact interventions that we know will work … we can save the lives of millions. … The amount of momentum around the bill is extraordinary — demonstrating some of the largest bipartisan congressional support for global health and international development in history. There are currently more than 185 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 26 in the Senate. Our goal is to reach 200 cosponsors in the House by Thanksgiving. Support of that magnitude would send a powerful message to congressional leaders and help provide the strong momentum necessary for Congress to pass this bill. Investing in maternal, newborn, and child health reduces poverty, stimulates economic growth and, most importantly, saves lives…” (9/15).

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