As some experts have noted, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 is likely to accomplish a lot of good, helping to save 600,000 mothers and 15,000,000 children by 2020 according to USAID’s estimates. Right now the bill has a small number of bipartisan sponsors in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Though there are differences between the House and Senate versions, the act generally implements a strategic approach to ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in target countries. This involves:
Establishing a Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator to foster broad coordination with other governments, organizations, and institutions
Scaling up effective, evidence based interventions with a focus on country ownership
Designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs to improve program sustainability and outcomes
Creating better public-private financing mechanisms
Given the magnitude of this legislation, I think it is justifiable to take action to support it, though as a Center for Global Development writer points out, it may be worthwhile spending time considering which performance metrics are used to evaluate the program.
To support or comment on this bill:
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