No matter where you live, being a new mom can be stressful! But for families in the developing world, malnutrition, pneumonia, and malaria make it even scarier.
Where children are born shouldn’t determine whether they survive. God wants fullness of life for every child — and all moms deserve the right medical care to safely deliver and nurture their babies. Your voice can help make that a reality. Will you ask Congress to protect funding for vital maternal and child health programs?
Every March, members of Congress have a chance to co-sign a letter affirming the importance of funding for mother and child health through organizations like World Vision. The deadline for submitting this letter is only a few weeks away, so the time is NOW to use your voice!
Adequate funding for maternal and child health accounts is critical to preserving effective, evidence-based, poverty-focused assistance that saves lives and helps strengthen economies in developing countries. The U.S. has a long-standing record of supporting critical, life-saving investments in global child and maternal health and nutrition. In 2020 alone, USAID helped more than 92 million women and children access essential—and often lifesaving—health services, reaching 27 million children under five years old and 8 million pregnant women with high impact, life-saving nutrition interventions.
While reductions in global mortality rates for women and children are two of the biggest success stories in international development, there remain significant gaps that additional investments can help close. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 5.2 million children under age five died from mainly preventable and treatable diseases each year, with malnutrition as the underlying cause of roughly half of these deaths. Additionally, 300,000 women die annually of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. COVID-19 continues to interrupt routine and necessary health and nutrition services.
The significant and dire impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have on the world’s most vulnerable children requires significantly increased funding. Use our simple, pre-filled form to contact your legislators and ask them to sign this compassionate letter as soon as possible! Together, we can pave the way for moms and babies to not just survive, but thrive.
(Last updated 3/14/2022)