RIFTON – Despite severe partisanship in Washington, our leaders agree on the need to save lives. No matter which party has held power in the White House or Congress, the U.S has played a leading role in helping to save the lives of mothers and children from preventable deaths and suffering caused by illnesses such as pneumonia, polio, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and malaria.
Although we have made tremendous progress, we have more to do. According to UNICEF, every day, 15,000 children die from preventable causes.
That’s why I’m delighted that the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, would make key improvements to existing programs and help achieve the goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation.
I am grateful to U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, after meeting with Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network advocates, for agreeing to co-sponsor the Reach Act.
I also appreciate that U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, are co-sponsors of this legislation and urge other members of the New York congressional delegation to join as co-sponsors. Given the challenges faced both at home and around the world, Congress should support a strategy that reinforces our nation’s core values around the world by promoting literacy, strengthening families, fighting preventable diseases, saving lives, and championing mothers and every child.
Outreach Director, Bruderhof