Child and Maternal Health
"Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows." Isaiah 1:17
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you."
- James 1:27
Policy Action on Child and Maternal Health
The Global Child Survival Act
In 2007, 125 Members of Congress supported a bill entitled Global ChildSurvival Act, which was an effort to strengthen the U.S. Government's role in global child health. Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN) is planning to introduce an expanded version of this bill, which should be introduced in the coming weeks. This bill will authorize a coherent, coordinated strategy to save the lives of newborns, children, and mothers in poor countries around the world.
The Administration’s Stance on Child and Maternal Health:
"In recent years, enormous progress has been made in parts of Africa. Far more people are living productively with HIV/AIDS, and getting the drugs they need. I just saw a wonderful clinic and hospital that is focused particularly on maternal health. But too many still die from diseases that shouldn't kill them. When children are being killed because of a mosquito bite, and mothers are dying in childbirth, then we know that more progress must be made."
- Obama’s Speech before the Ghana Parliament
Individual Policy Action on Child and Maternal Health
You can encourage your members of congress to vote and help pass this bill!
Your opinion is important - your voice can encourage members of congress to help pass this bill! They were elected to make your voice heard but they can only accurately represent you if you make them aware of your stance on important issues.
Your representatives and senators have staff members designated to listen to your concerns and let your opinion be represented. This can be done through email but the most effective ways are to write a hand written letter, make a phone call, or plan an office visit.