Since 1990, the world has reduced mortality rates for children under 5 by more than one-half. The U.S. government, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, has led this international effort to provide developing countries tool to care for their children – often with simple, proven and inexpensive interventions that address leading causes of death, such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Building on those gains, in 2014 the U.S. declared ending preventable children and maternal deaths around the world a national priority. But where do we go from here? What can we do to transform these words from a commitment into a reality?
Learn from our expert panel what are the current maternal and child health needs around the world, what the U.S. has done thus far to improve the health and well-being of these women and children, and what we can do from here to truly end all preventable deaths of mothers, infants and young children.
- Barbara Hughes, Director of the Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Office in U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health
- Abdi Hussein, Somali refugee who was a Community Health Worker at Dadaab Refugee Camp Hospital in Kenya, and is now a Community Health Worker with Global to Local
- Bigi Ruhigita, originally from the Congo worked with vulnerable populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo for several years with International Medical Corps and Oxfam GB, she now is with Global to Local and the Congolese Integration Network as a case manager for the first housing program
- Mehret Mehanzel, Eritrean refugee who is social worker, natural birth and breastfeeding advocate, community educator
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