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'Saving Mothers, Giving Life' Initiative Aims To Reduce Maternal Mortality

In this post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, reports on the “Saving Mothers, Giving Life” (Saving Mothers) initiative, launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a health conference in Norway in June. “A partnership between the Government of Norway, Merck for Mothers, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), and Every Mother Counts, ‘Saving Mothers’ was forged to help reduce maternal mortality in countries that experience extremely high rates of maternal deaths,” she writes, adding, “Providing $200 million in financial and in-kind resources, ‘Savings Mothers’ will push to reduce maternal deaths by up to 50 percent in country districts where maternal mortality is highest” (6/29).

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