Last year, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act
became the most widely-supported piece of bipartisan global health legislation
in at least a decade.
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Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2017) —
Save the Children President and
CEO Carolyn Miles and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Mark
Shriver today applauded U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons
(D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),
Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Dick
Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) for introducing legislation that
would help save the lives of mothers and children around the world.
“Children shouldn’t die from conditions like
diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition. But tragically every day, 16,000 kids all
over the world die from these kinds of treatable illnesses. That is simply
unacceptable,” said Miles. “We have already made great progress, but there is
more to do. With U.S. leadership, we can help lower these numbers to zero.”
Reach Every Mother and Child Act is a bold, bipartisan policy initiative supported
by more than 50 diverse non-profit and faith-based organizations, working to
end preventable maternal, newborn and child mortality overseas. This crucial
legislation will help achieve the U.S. commitment to ending these deaths within
a generation. The House is expected to introduce a companion bill soon.
Taking lessons learned from other successful
global health initiatives such as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria
Initiative, the Reach Act would enact key reforms that increase the
effectiveness and impact of USAID maternal and child survival programs so that
moms and kids around the world have access to simple, proven treatments for
It would require a coordinated U.S. government
strategy to address ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and establish
rigorous reporting requirements to improve transparency, accountability,
efficiency and oversight of maternal and child health programs. Further, the
bill would ensure USAID focuses on increasing access to the highest impact,
evidence-based interventions to maximize our return on investment.
Additionally, the bill would help USAID explore
and implement innovative financing tools, such as pay-for-success contracting,
to complement existing assistance and to help countries along the path to
“This bill does not authorize new programs funded
by the American taxpayer,” said Shriver. “It simply ensures our government and
partners are being as effective as possible in saving the lives of mothers and
children around the world. In this highly-charged and often partisan political
atmosphere, this is an opportunity for Congress to demonstrate America’s moral
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