Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In January one of the first issues our new Congress will tackle will be the 2010 budget. Take action with CARE and ask your Representatives and Senators to add their names to the letters circulating Congress requesting a robust international affairs budget that will ensure vital humanitarian and development programs, which are critical in the fight against poverty.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Add your name to the widget on the left by Monday, Nov. 24.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Gather up your kids, friends and family and join 1Sky and others or organize your own visit to your Members' offices. While you're there, leave behind information about the Mother Agenda and a plate of cookies (always welcomed by the staff!). Click here to sign-up and get all the necessary information.
Then, join with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) as they collect 1 million signatures representing people saying “No” to violence against women. On November 25, UNIFEM and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman will present these signatures to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Take a stand. Add your name and email to the box on the left hand side by November 24. To learn more about the campaign and solutions to the problem, click here.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
CARE's National Day of Action: Join CARE and send a strong message to the next President of the United States that Americans care deeply about the plight of the world’s poor. Then, host a National Day of Action event to explore concrete actions we can all take to advance U.S. policies to empower women and end poverty and injustice in one community after another. CARE's website has the resources you need to make your National Day of Action event a resounding success! CARE is hosting events around the world on Oct. 17. To host your own event, view a listing of events or to take action online, click here.
Stand Up: Stand Up with your community – family, friends, coworkers, teammates, classmates, those at your house of worship – along with millions of others around the world against poverty. Stand Up is a global mobilization to end poverty and inequality. Last year, 43.7 million people joined Stand Up worldwide, setting a new world record. This year, we are asking people to Stand Up and Take Action on October 17 through October 19 to ensure governments worldwide hear our demands to end poverty.
We are the first generation to have the tools and resources to end extreme poverty. Let's create true security for our global family and make poverty history!
Monday, October 06, 2008
60% of newborn deaths in developing countries can be prevented through some basic health measures, such as keeping a baby warm. That's where the Knit One, Save One campaign comes in. Click here to read more...
Friday, September 12, 2008
Join CARE in their Back to School Campaign called Ignite the Girl Effect. Investing in girls' education pays off in so many ways. When girls gain basic skills like reading and writing, they grow up to earn twice as much money as their peers without education. They have fewer and healthier children. And they are more likely to reinvest their earnings in their families and communities. That's the power of education!
Watch a short video called the Girl Effect and then take action. Ask your Member of Congress to pass the Education for All Act.
Click here to watch the movie
Click here to take action
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Senators Daschle and Frist just returned from a trip to Rwanda where they learned some very encouraging things -- due to in large part an increase in bed net and anti-malarial medicine, there has been a 66% drop in deaths from malaria. But there is still much to be done.
In a couple of weeks, Senator Daschle and Frist will be meeting their parties' leaders as they write the policy agenda that will presented at the party conventions in Denver and Minneapolis. Tackling global poverty must be part of these policy priorities.
Sign the ONE petition seen below, and the Senators will deliver your signature when they meet with representatives from the Democratic Republican Parties to ask these political leaders to include extreme poverty and global disease in their 2008 platforms.
The petition: As a proud American, I urge you to make ending extreme poverty and global disease in the developing world a core part of your 2008 platform by including commitments to:
Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and improve basic health services, particularly for mothers and young children Ensure access to clean water, basic sanitation and sufficient food supplies Spur economic growth through equitable trade and investment policies Modernize and increase development assistance, focusing on partnership, transparency and accountability Achieve universal primary education
As Sen. Daschle says: "My late friend Paul Wellstone was fond of saying that, “The poor don’t have a lobbyist. That’s why I went to Washington.” The hope for a better future that Senator Frist and I saw in Rwanda shows what’s possible when two million of us “go to Washington” on behalf of the world’s poorest people. This summer, together, we have the chance to go to Denver and Minneapolis and show that ending global poverty is a priority for both political parties."
Sign the petition at ONE.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This interview kicks-off the Mindful Mama photo/art/essay contest, inviting moms across the country to speak their mind - and heart - about parenting in today’s world. Over $10,000 in baby gear and eco-friendly prizes will be awarded to top submissions.
Ani DiFranco is a pioneer of women’s music. Nominated for several Grammys, Ani owns her own record label - Righteous Babe Records-and now her own performance venue in her home State, New York. She was recently on NPR’s World Café, Jay Leno, and the cover of Mothering Magazine. Ani is a self-proclaimed feminist, participated in the march for women’s lives in Washington DC in 2004 and was the first musician to be honored with the “Woman of Courage Award” by the National Organization of Women in 2006. Ani’s daughter, Petah, is 18 months old and was born at home.
The grand prize winner of the Mindful Mama contest will be awarded an all expense paid trip to see Ani DiFranco perform in NYC. Two nights at the Westin New York at Times Square, spa package and babysitter included. The runner-up will win a Green Nursery, including stylish furniture, organic crib bedding, a natural crib mattress, non-toxic paint and window coverings.
Category winners will receive top-of-the-line gifts for mom, baby and home.
Prize sponsors of the contest include over 20 companies that are leading the way in health and sustainability for families: BabyBjorn, Baby Planet, Baby Star, Bebe au Lait, Be Present, Britax Bumkins, Ellie’s Homestore by Eco Products, Dansko, Evenflo, Green Nest, Happy Baby, Hunter Douglas, Kushies, Kuster, Lansinoh, Maggie’s Organics, Medela, Moby Wrap, Natracare, Natural Mat, New Chapter, Nordic Naturals, Pangea Organics, RW Knudsen Family, Scandanavian Child, Summer Infant, Traditional Medicinals and World of Good.
For more details on the contest visit www.mindfulmamamagazine.com.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
This just in from Reuters via our friends at the Global AIDS Alliance.....
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to approve funds to fight AIDS in Africa and other countries, and said the issue was high on his agenda for a Group of Eight summit in Japan next week.
Members of the U.S. Senate sought last week to pass legislation to more than triple funds to fight AIDS, but some Republicans vowed to block it because of its cost.
The House of Representatives has approved its version of the measure which proposes $50 billion in U.S. funds over five years to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
"It's very important that Congress reauthorize this plan," Bush said to reporters ahead of the trip to the July 7-9 G8 summit.
Bush, who has been praised for leading efforts on funding for fighting AIDS in the developing world, said he would press G8 countries as well.
"One of my really important agenda items is going to ... rally our partners to make commitments and meet commitments," Bush said.
"We'll also discuss additional steps to confront some other challenges, such as the need to train health care workers in G8 partners countries in Africa," Bush said.
Bush's President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief or PEPFAR is supplying HIV drugs to 1.73 million people worldwide, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.
The program, which also includes Vietnam and Haiti, is considered one of Bush's foreign policy successes.
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since it was first recognized more than a quarter century ago. About 33 million people are infected with HIV, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa where it is spread primarily through heterosexual sex.
(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Maggie Fox and David Wiessler)
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The Financial Times ran an article yesterday [June 30, 2008] with a lead that could hardly be more alarming: "Leaders of the Group of Eight rich nations are set to backtrack on their landmark pledge at the Gleneagles summit in 2005 to increase development aid to Africa to $25bn a year."
It is astonishing that there is even debate within the G8 as to whether or not they should keep their promises. But the fact that there is a debate adds urgency to our call to the G8 to deliver on their commitments.
We call upon you to build on recent success in fighting extreme poverty by delivering your commitments on healthcare, agriculture and education and by helping citizens in developing countries in their efforts to improve governance and fight corruption.
This potential reversal comes at a time when we are seeing results from investments in development. For example, thanks to distribution of bed nets and increased access to anti-malarial drugs, in Rwanda both deaths and cases of malaria have dropped by two-thirds since mid-2006.
As malaria still kills around one million people a year, it is clear that we must replicate success stories like this. But it won’t happen if the G8 backtrack on their commitments.
Thank you for your voice,
Josh Peck, ONE.org
Sunday, June 22, 2008
"This world body now acknowledges that sexual violence [against women and girls] in conflict zones is indeed a security concern," Rice said. "We affirm that sexual violence profoundly affects not only the health and safety of women but the economic and social stability of their nations."
Violence against women and girls reinforces social and economic barriers that drive poverty -- having experienced sexual violence, women and girls are further marginalized by their communities, are unable to work, complete their education and are put at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS.
The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would take a more integrated and proactive approach in combating violence against women -- the International Violence Against Women Act. Call your Senators and Representative to urge their co-sponsorship of S. 2279 (introduced by Senators Biden and Lugar) and H.R. 5927 (introduced by Rep. Berman) and their support it when it comes to a vote.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Boulder, CO, May 30, 2008 – In honor of his 75th birthday, long time Boulder resident Len Barron will perform his legendary play Walking Lightly … A Portrait of Einstein at Boulder High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 21 at 8 pm. This event will be a fundraiser for Mothers Acting Up, a national organization he has supported and volunteered with since it was launched in Boulder in 2002.
“Walking Lightly” explores both the genius and the humanity of the illustrious physicist, Albert Einstein, whose work reshaped our understanding of space, time and gravity. This 80-minute, one-man performance receives high praise for its lighthearted, informative and human story of one of the great men of the twentieth century. Since 1989, Barron’s portrayal of Time magazine’s “Man of the Century” has continued to delight a wide range of audiences throughout the country. Barron believes, "The root of Einstein’s character was a childlike quality he maintained for all his years."
Mothers Acting Up was started by four mothers in Boulder and has spread to all fifty states and twenty-three countries. MAU inspires and mobilizes mothers to advocate on behalf of the world’s children.
Boulder High School Auditorium, Saturday, June 21, 8:00 pm
Tickets Available in Boulder at:
Jacque Michelle, 2670 Broadway
Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St
In Denver: Hermitage Antiquarian Bookshop, 290 Fillmore
Cost: $20 & $15 seniors/students
For more information, contact: Joellen Raderstorf, email@example.com, 303-474-1286.
Generously sponsored by: Diane Israel, Dave Query, Polly and Mark Addison and Roche Colorado
Len Barron embodies the characteristics of an individual who lives a life of integrity and imagination. He presents a model of living for all of us to follow, one that emphasizes the importance of fairness, beauty, and playfulness… he reminds us that community, joy and connections to one another and to our place are what matters.
- Dr. Rebecca Lucas, Maryville College
The response of Len Barron’s audience was extraordinary. All ages were entranced by his style and wit and educated by his information.
- Michael Alexander, Boston Science Museum
Your “Walking Lightly … A Portrait of Einstein” theatre performance brought out the warmth, humor, and depth of character of Einstein. So much so that the audience could believe he was right there in person.
- Roberta Depp, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Public Library
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Raiding the Pantry to Add Sparkle and Shine
“MICHELLE, would you like to head up the creamy soft-scrub team?”
With that call to arms, the women in Laura Gosa’s kitchen in Jersey City fell to, blending the ingredients spread out on her counters like so many blasts from Grandma’s preindustrial past: baking soda, borax, Castile soap, lemon oil, vinegar, glycerin and other staples of the all-natural armamentarium.These women weren’t interested in buying green products....(more)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
We did it!
Congratulations MAU supporters! Thanks to your dedication to the health and welfare of the world's children, we can celebrate reaching our $14,000 goal to purchase an entire PlayPump well system for a village in South Africa. Thanks to the compassion of our community, we are able to give 2,500 people safe water, and as a result, we are helping girls get the most valuable gift-- an opportunity for education (because they will no longer need to spend a large portion of their day traveling to gather water).
We are so grateful to our volunteers and everyone who attended the tea or donated to the PlayPumps initiative. Remember to check our website for updates, information and other good stuff from Mothers Acting Up: www.nmmothersactingup.com (you can also subscribe to our blog, and will get email notification when we update it)!
In spirited partnership,
Kate and Copland
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Here's but just one such domestic organization's message of hope.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Publish Date: 5/12/2008
125 gather in Boulder to march for a better future
By Scott Rochat
About 125 people paraded through Boulder on Sunday, from moms on stilts to kids in strollers. It was Mother’s Day and that meant it was time for Mothers Acting Up to go on the march.
“We’re just having a lot of fun out here, while doing something worthwhile for everyone,” said Isabel Cousins of Boulder, wearing a bike helmet that had been turned into a crown of flowers, with bright purple and orange blooms.
Mothers Acting Up got its start seven years ago...(more)
Click here for more information about how Nashville MAUs (and other local MAU groups from Portland, ME to Chicago, IL) are part of over 455 groups in this country and beyond to participate in massive collective actions about global warming and climate change through the combined efforts of leaders in action Green Peace, True Majority, and 1Sky!!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Mothers acting up on Mother's Day
BOULDER ACTIVIST ORGANIZATIONS TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE, RECLAIM MOTHER'S DAY
Thumping grooves of world/reggae band The Ancestral Voices with Danae Shanti resonated down the Pearl Street Mall in front of the Boulder County Courthouse yesterday afternoon. The sound alerted passersby of the seventh annual Mothers Acting Up Mother’s Day Rally.
Music, dancing, and brightly colored costumes captivated the audience, while a series of tables featuring representatives from local activist organizations engaged those interested in learning more about their cause.
“I hoped that lots of people would come out, that there would be lots of new people and that it would be a very celebratory day – and all of those things happened,” said Joellen Raderstorf, Co-Founder of Mothers Acting Up, a local grassroots organization dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities for mothers seeking a voice in their community and world....(more)
Strafford, Vermont -- May 11, 2008
Sunday was Mothers' Day, and women in one Vermont town have gone back to the roots of the day.
This was the second year that a group called Mothers Acting Up have held a parade and rally on the town commons to commemorate Mothers' Day, which originated just after the Civil War. Almost 140 years later, organizers planted red flags representing more than four-thousand American troops lost in the Iraq War...(more)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Marchers remind mothers to act up
Mothers are well- known for instructing their young charges to hush up. Or sit up. Or please try not to throw up.
But act up? The mothers themselves? Yes ma'am, that's exactly what a nascent group of moms are trying to get Memphis mamas to do -- to act up on behalf of children.
And at 3 p.m. today, a day usually reserved for crayoned cards and handmade ceramic soap dishes in the shape of a child's hand, dozens of mothers will parade on the sidewalks of Cooper in honor of mothers everywhere and, in particular, eight local mothers to be honored at a gathering to follow in Peabody Park.
"Homemade cards are great, but it shouldn't just be a Hallmark holiday," says Allison Glass, one of the organizers, the education coordinator of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and the mother of a beautiful 5-year-old son. "This is going to be a really celebratory, joy-filled event."There is a lot to be angry about,"(....more)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
What is the sound of mothers Arising?
This Mother's Day, MAU Mavens across the country will be strapping on stilts, baking pies for elected leaders, hawking fair trade roses and singing in the streets! Reclaiming Mother's Day events - now in their sixth season - celebrate Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Mother's Day Proclamation. This year, MAU invites YOU to celebrate her call to Arise by gathering your family and community together through cakewalks, letters to the editor, Standing Women events, mama's open-mic nights, or . . . the sky and your imagination is the limit! When mothers* publicly express our commitment to children, our communities, media and government sit up and take notice. Let's sing it out in the streets, "We will protect our children with our personal & political strength - wherever they live on earth."
Thanks to MAU Mavens and partner organizations, MAU is excited to present the very 1st ever "Top 10 Ways to Reclaim Mother's Day":
1. Holy Symbolism! Step outside your comfort zone, and get up on stilts. Parade, prance and promenade with a loyal spotter by your side. When we lift our voices AND our bodies together on behalf of the world's children, we become a GIGANTIC force to be reckoned with.
2. Dare to be a Joy Warrior! Deliver pies to your local members of Congress as part of the Department of Peace's 4th Annual Mother's Day National Action: Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie Campaign.
3. Posies with a purpose: Ask for or send fair trade flowers through Transfair/USA. Fair trade benefits every person along the path, from seed in the ground to blossom in the vase.
4. Review Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers Report (2008 report availably May 6). Learn simple solutions to stop the deaths of nearly 10 million children a year; educate your community with a letter to the editor on this topic.
5. Part your purse strings, because giving matters. Donate to MAU, inspiring and mobilizing mothers* to advocate on behalf of the world's children. Your donation, in honor of a mother or other, allows MAU to reach out to a million mamas with templates, tools and recipes for actions that prioritize the lives of our children.
6. Press the candidates for Prez to take action for the world's children. Take a photo of your family at brunch this Mother's Day and send to the presidential candidates, letting them know you are a Mother Acting Up who wants Global Action for Children.
7. There is an elegant beauty to simplicity. Stand with Standing Women at 1 pm (your local time) on May 11 in support of a better world for our children.
8. Host a 1Sky climate change event, make a banner calling for serious climate action and then upload pictures and drawings of your children and families alongside the banner as part of a national call to action to Congress.
9. Join with CodePink mamas at the Mother's Day Picnic for Peace in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or gather at Merchant's Gate at Columbus Circle in Manhattan for the 2nd Annual Mother's Day Peace Stroll.
10. Find a MAU Mother's Day Reclamation event near you, and revel in it, mama! Gather round, hand out Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation, eat cake, birth strategic plans to act locally and think globally. Together, we can change the world.Most important, report word of your reclamation activities to MAU Central!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
More than merely Mother's Day
Mothers Acting Up hosts its annual downtown parade Sunday
By Jennifer Bronson, Camera Staff Writer
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Some mothers in Boulder want Mother's Day to be more than an excuse for flowers and breakfast in bed.
The members of Mothers Acting Up say they are "re-claiming" Mother's Day, taking it back to its historic roots as a day of female activism.
Instead of celebrating the day with a leisurely brunch, the organization's members hope that mothers in Boulder will come together at the seventh annual Reclaim Mother's Day parade to demonstrate the strength mothers have when united for a cause.
The parade will begin at the Boulder Public Library at 1 p.m. Sunday and end at the Pearl Street Mall. The annual Mother's Day events organized by Mothers Acting Up were inspired by a declaration made by Julia Ward Howe after the Civil War, when she called for a day when mothers would unite across boundaries to protect their global family.
In her Mother's Day proclamation, Howe said: "Arise, arise, all women who have hearts!"(...more)
Friday, May 09, 2008
Americans are unabashedly celebrity obsessed, following the ups and downs of every star with greedy devotion. One focus of our devotion is Angelina Jolie, whose adventures the proverbial "woman on the street" tracks more closely than the weather. And "especially in the case of Angelina" what's wrong with that? In recent weeks, as she shared publicly about her current pregnancy for the first time, she also spoke up for the rights of children in Iraq. Julia Ward Howe would be delighted.
Julia Ward Howe was a suffragette and poet who, after witnessing the horrors of the Civil War, said one question haunted her. "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" In 1870, she wrote a Mother's Day Proclamation, calling women to unite on a day she named Mother's Day, to protect our common global family.
Julia wrote, Arise, arise, all women who have hearts! but somewhere along the way, breakfast in bed eclipsed this fiery call to activism. But all is not lost! After decades of burnt toast and loving messages, mothers have been sufficiently fortified and are beginning to fulfill Julia's vision. Mother's Day is again becoming a holiday when we not only honor our mothers, but their role in shaping our world.
Our global family is at risk, yet often mothers "due to laws or societal norms" remain outside political circles. In a world in which every other child lives in poverty; almost half of all war causalities are children; and global warming threatens all future generations, the world needs mothers to interfere to get involved in creating policies that protect and nurture children.
Fortunately, mothers are stepping into new leadership roles in every country in the world, from Angelina Jolie saying, "Every child has a right to education, and conflict is not a reason to ignore that," to Massouda Jalal, the first woman to run for President in Afghanistan, who works to educate all children, especially attending to the empowerment of girls. Writing in the 2008 Mothers Acting Up calendar, Massouda says, "My candidacy led the Afghan community to realize women can be leaders and led Afghan women to develop a political consciousness."
Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation urges women to, solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace . Mothers are questioning why half our federal discretionary budget is spent on "security" without any significant percentage allocated for the prevention of conflict. Mothers and Generals agree that a security portfolio should include funding for education and development, including our promised share of the UN Millennium Development Goals (eight international targets to end extreme poverty). As U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently said, "We must focus our energies beyond the guns and steel of the military."
Now, if this is sounding really earnest and somber, not to worry: there are stilts involved. Around the country this spring, Mother's Day will be celebrated by reclaiming Julia Ward Howe's original vision in parades, radio shows and picnics in the park. There will be free cake, mothers on stilts (symbolizing rising up!), beautiful hats and hoop skirts, decorated tricycles and calls to Congressional Members. This Mother's Day, whether you are up on stilts or reading a fan magazine about Angelina Jolie, remember the spirit of Julia Ward Howe and heed her call to "Arise" on behalf of the world's children.
Juliana Forbes is a mother of two and co-founder of Boulder-based Mothers Acting Up, an NGO with members in all 50 states and 23 countries, working to inspire and mobilize mothers (and others) to advocate on behalf of the world's children.
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Thursday, May 08, 2008
From the WORT website:
A Public Affair
A Public Affair aims to engage listeners in a conversation on issues of international, national, & local importance with some novelty shows thrown in. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national & international figures. The hosts alternate throughout the week as do the focuses and topics. It is a call-in show that airs Monday through Friday from 12:05 to 1:00 pm.
Make sure to tune in online!!
Empowered mothers change the world
Published Thursday May 8th, 2008
Motherhood should not impoverish you. Mothers are people too. Children are the responsibility of both parents. Every child a wanted child. Motherwork is work.
Much of the women's movement has been about those issues, about motherwork.
Mothers remain the main movers behind the movement. A fight for mothers to be valued, for a world where parenting was shared between the sexes and supported by the community.
Giving women more options -- at the core of the movement -- has meant changing attitudes and sometimes laws so that women could have children as well as a job, or not have children, or not be penalized for choosing to take care of children.(.... more here)
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
2008 Mothers' Index Rankings
Top 10 Best places to be a mother
Bottom 10 Worst places to be a mother
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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 6, 2008) – More than 200 million children under age 5 do not get basic health care when they need it, with the poorest children missing out and most at risk of dying, according to the ninth annual State of the World’s Mothers report issued today by.....
Save the Children, a U.S.-based global independent humanitarian organization.
Among the report’s key findings:
- More than 200 million children under age 5 lack basic health care. Among the 55 countries evaluated in the Basic Health Care Report Card, the Philippines, Peru, South Africa and Indonesia/Turkmenistan (tied) are doing the best job in getting basic health care to all children under age 5. Countries doing the worst are Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
Yemen, Chad, Somaliaand . Ethiopia
- The poorest children are least likely to get lifesaving health care and are more likely to die. In
Maliand , for example, the poorest children are 2.5 times more likely to go without health care. In Nigeria Indiaand , the poorest children are three or more times more likely to die before reaching their fifth birthday than best-off children. Indonesia
- Closing health care coverage gaps could save more than 6 million children each year. If all children — rich and poor alike — were to receive a full package of essential health care, more than 6 million lives would be saved each year. Closing the survival gaps in
Indiaand alone would prevent nearly 20 percent of global child deaths. Nigeria
- In more developed countries, children most lacking in basic health care and at risk of dying tend to be from low-income, ethnic minority groups. In the
, America-Indian and Alaska-Native infants are nearly 50 percent more likely to die than white infants, and African American infants are 2.4 times more likely to die than white infants. United States
In addition to its special focus on the child survival gap, the report includes Save the Children’s ninth annual Mothers’ Index, which identifies the best and worst countries to be a mother and child by looking at child and maternal well-being in 146 countries.
Swedentakes top place, while takes last place in the ranking. The Niger places 27th. United States
To reach more children under age 5 with basic health care measures and save lives, Save the Children recommends that countries:
The report also calls on governments to close the child survival gap by stepping up commitments to deliver basic health care, especially to the poorest children, in developing countries. The
- Design health care programs to better target the poorest and most marginalized mothers and children. To save lives, we need to close the coverage gap for all children, but especially the gap between the rich and poor.
- Invest in community health workers to reach the poorest of the poor with essential life-saving care. Many children die from causes that do not require doctors or hospitals, and could be saved by training, equipping and deploying more community health workers who can deliver this basic health care.
- Deliver a basic package of maternal, newborn and child health care that takes into account the realities for poor people in developing countries. The tools to save mothers’ and children’s lives work best when they are delivered together as a package and along a “continuum of care” that links communities, local health facilities and hospitals. Most health systems devote significant resources to hospital-based care, but most sick children in developing countries never make it to a hospital.
share of this commitment, known as the Global Child Survival Act (H.R. 2266 and S1418), would help save the lives of millions of newborns, babies and young children globally. The legislation, backed by over 100 members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, is awaiting action before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In the Senate, the legislation has been voted out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and is poised to be considered before the full Senate. U.S.
“Each day that we wait to act on this legislation, nearly 27,000 lives are lost. We can do better,” said MacCormack. “We urge Congress to get behind this legislation and give mothers and their children the chance to celebrate Mother’s Day not only this year, but in years to come.”
For more information on the State of the World’s Mothers 2008 report, contact
Save the Childrenat 203-221-4233. The report also will be posted at www.savethechildren.org.
Save the Childrenis the leading independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the and around the world. United States Save the Children USAis a member of the International Save the Children , a global network of 28 independent Alliance Save the Childrenorganizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.
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