‘USAID Needs Strong Mandate From Congress’ To Help End Preventable Child, Maternal Deaths Worldwide

The Hill: Saving women and children around the world must continue to be a top priority
J. Phillip Gingrey, senior adviser at the District Policy Group, former U.S. congressman from Georgia, and physician

“…As the global health community marks the fourth anniversary of a global call to action for child survival, we must continue to make women and children a top priority of our foreign assistance programs. … By ramping up evidence-based approaches such as prenatal care, labor and delivery services including emergency care, nutrition and simple treatments for childhood illness, USAID has contributed to huge declines in maternal and child deaths. … In order to carry forth these efforts, USAID needs a strong mandate from Congress to meet the ambitious deadline of ending [preventable child and maternal] deaths over the next two decades. … One way is by supporting the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (HR 3706, or its companion bill, S 1911), which makes ending preventable child and maternal deaths a goal of U.S. policy and ensures effective, impactful funding for programs around the globe…” (6/16).