I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the Improvements in Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act or the “Global MOMS Act.” Hundreds of thousands of women die each year from pregnancy-related complications. The vast majority of these deaths are unnecessary and preventable, caused by a lack of access to quality health care or discrimination. These preventable...
I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the Improvements in Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act or the “Global MOMS Act.” Hundreds of thousands of women die each year from pregnancy-related complications. The vast majority of these deaths are unnecessary and preventable, caused by a lack of access to quality health care or discrimination. These preventable deaths represent violations of essential human rights, including the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and the right to freedom from discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, language or income. The Global MOMS Act will support activities that help expand access to better quality maternal health services, remove barriers to such services and ensure that they meet international human rights standards.
I am asking you, my Representative, to co-sponsor the Global MOMS Act and take action in response to the maternal health crisis.
The maternal health crisis is not just a public health emergency, it is also a human rights crisis. Amnesty International has identified obstacles to lifesaving treatment faced by expectant mothers around the world. In Peru, poor, rural and indigenous women face language barriers and too few accessible clinics; in Burkina Faso women die because they cannot reach a health facility capable of treating them or because they arrive too late and in Sierra Leone pregnant mothers are dying because they are too poor to pay for the treatment they require to save their lives. Many developing countries have developed ambitious plans to reduce maternal deaths, however; the United States has a role to play in responding to this global human rights crisis.
The Global MOMS Act will make a difference. It supports:
-the development of a strategy as part of the Global Health Initiative to reduce mortality and improve maternal and newborn health;
-improved coordination among U.S. government agencies and existing programs that are currently working to reduce maternal and newborn mortality; and
-authorization of assistance in proven interventions including family planning, access to skilled care at birth and training professionals in emergency obstetric care.
Two years ago, Congress passed a resolution affirming “commitment to promoting maternal health and child survival both at home and abroad through greater international investment and participation.” (H.Res.1022 in the 110th Congress). Now it is time for Congress to match commitment with a greater investment in reducing maternal deaths by improving maternal health care. Please make a difference in the lives of millions of expectant mothers and co-sponsor the Global MOMS Act.