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Reach Act Could Strengthen U.S. Efforts To End Preventable Mother, Newborn, Child Deaths

The Hill: Raising awareness about maternal health worldwide on National Bump Day
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Heidi Murkoff, author

“…We see a clear opportunity for Congress to take action in the fight against preventable maternal and child deaths. The bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act … would strengthen U.S. government efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children. Taking lessons learned from past initiatives, such as the successful President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Reach Act would provide the focus and tools necessary to improve the health and wellbeing of the hardest to reach mothers and children and create a more stable world. … Due in large measure to U.S. leadership, we have made great progress in the fight to bring preventable deaths among mothers to zero. But we must keep fighting until we reach our goal, and help every mother reach her goal of delivering a healthy future for her baby. By supporting simple interventions and increasing access to resources for those who need them most, we can do that — one mother and one baby at a time — on [National Bump Day] and every day” (9/15).

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