Maternal and Child Health

Reaching Every Mother and Child

From Malawi to Milwaukee, the birth of a child can be the most hopeful day of a parent’s life. Yet for too many, that hope is cut short: each year millions of children die of preventable and treatable causes before they reach their fifth birthday.

Mom and baby‚Äč

          Photo credit: Rebecca Sullivan

But this need not be the case. We have the opportunity to put an end to the unnecessary deaths of mothers and children globally by 2035. While current U.S. investments in maternal and child health are saving lives, structural changes to how we coordinate our work with other countries must be improved to do more, faster.

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act proposes reforms that will hold USAID accountable for a smarter, more effective approach to ending preventable maternal and child deaths. With a strategy that puts kids and mothers first, we have the chance to make sure every child, regardless of where she’s born, has a healthy start to life.

First introduced in 2015, the Reach Act got the support of over half the House of Representatives and over a third of the Senate. This summer it was re-introduced in the Senate with strong bipartisan support, and it will be introduced again in the House in the fall. Take action to help pass this critical legislation this year.

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Past resources on the Reach Act