Today, the Senate introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child (Reach) Act! This is a victory not only for you – advocates have contacted Congress nearly 20,000 times about this bill, but also for mothers and children around the world.
Last session the Reach Act was introduced but failed to pass. Thanks in part to people like you speaking out, there was bold, bipartisan support for this bill that sets ambitious, but achievable, goals for saving the lives of mothers and children around the world. Since January, advocates have been asking members of Congress to reintroduce the bill – continuing to persist. This afternoon in the Senate a group of ten came together from both sides of the aisle to commit to ending preventable mother and child deaths by 2030. We want to say thank you to Senator Susan Collins from Maine, Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas, Senator Jean Shaheen from New Hampshire, Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, Senator Mike Enzi from Wyoming, Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia, Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut.
If passed into law, this bill will –
- Coordinate a U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and help ensure healthy lives by 2030;
- Require ambitious top line targets to be set, tracked and annually reported on;
- Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable populations, recognizing the unique needs of different countries and communities;
- Improve coordination among the U.S. government agencies and relevant foreign governments and international organizations;
- Complement strong US bilateral investments with innovative, public-private financing mechanisms; and
- Accelerate partner country progress toward self-sustainability for maternal, newborn and child health.
Ask your Senator to cosponsor this bill, or send a note of thanks if they already have!
Photo: Magdalene Akiru, 35 with her baby girl, Kari, 6 months, in Simailele, southern Turkana. © 2017 World Vision/ photo by Jon Warren