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U.S. investments in maternal and child health help save millions of lives around the world — and help America. On this page: a U.S. military leader says global development is key to national security, a celebrity mom speaks up for all moms, and the President of Malawi explains how his country dramatically reduced child mortality.

"An investment in people that improves their chances to survive and progress is an investment in our national security."

-- Retired Army Col. John Agoglia

Director of the Counterinsurgency Training Center
Afghanistan in Kabul from 2008-2010.

"Around the world, more than 350,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. When a mother dies, her children are much more likely to be poor, to drop out of school, and to die before age 5."

-- Jennifer Garner

Actor, mother and Artist Ambassador for
Save the Children's U.S. Programs.

"Our results speak for themselves: the Growth and Development Strategy has helped cut our under-5 death rate by more than half, from 234 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 112 in 2010. Infant mortality showed the same decline."

-- Professor Bingu wa Mutharika
President of the Republic of Malawi.

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