How to support and improve the Reach Every Mother and Child Act

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:

  • Use the form here to quickly write and automatically send letters to your Senators and Representatives

If you’d like to do even more:

  • contact the Foreign Policy aides in your members' offices

  • have a conversation with them about co-sponsoring these bills.


If you'd like more guidance on taking action, send a group email to Ken Patterson (kpatterson@results.org) and Matthew Gentzel (magw6270@terpmail.umd.edu)

Comments (3)

Comment author: Julia_Wise 14 November 2015 12:06:59AM 1 point [-]

Just called my senators.

Comment author: jonathanstray 31 October 2015 02:41:57PM 0 points [-]

So here we go. EA's do not generally think seriously about political action. Is it time?

Comment author: Julia_Wise 14 November 2015 12:09:51AM *  1 point [-]

There's been more attention to this recently. Some EA organizations doing policy work.