PEPFAR Pledges Support For ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’

Huffington Post: Saving Mothers, Giving Life: New Year, New Results for Maternal Health
Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting U.S global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“…A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa are due to HIV. That’s one reason why I am so encouraged by new results from an innovative public-private partnership in which the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) plays a critical role in Uganda and Zambia. In one year alone, this partnership helped to cut maternal deaths due to childbirth in areas of these two countries by 30-35 percent — a truly remarkable achievement. … As the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs approaches, the tremendous strides made through ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’ in just one year give me — and all those who work with and support PEPFAR — great hope for our collective ability to improve maternal health as a critical component of achieving an AIDS-free generation” (1/14).