Saving Mothers was prominently featured at a March 7, 2013 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event on U.S. policy priorities for women’s health in the second Obama term.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivered opening remarks, highlighting the Obama administration’s continued commitment to making the health of women and girls a top priority. The event featured introductory remarks by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior VP and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, and a high-level panel moderated by Janet Fleischman, Senior Associate, CSIS Global Health Policy Center. The panel featured:
- Christy Turlington Burns, Founder, Every Mother Counts, and founding partner of Saving Mothers, Giving Life
- Kristie Mikus, PEPFAR Country Coordinator, Zambia
- Kay Warren, Founder, HIV Initiative, Saddleback Church
- Phil Nieburg, Senior Associate, CSIS Global Health Policy Center
- Carla Koppell, USAID Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
A full recap, including video from the event, is available on the CSIS website. The event included the premier of a new on-the-ground video report produced by CSIS, which highlights the importance and impact of Saving Mothers’ set of interventions in Zambia.
“Every day, each and every day, about 800 women die during childbirth. More than one woman every two minutes. And when a mother dies, what we know is her child is 7 times more likely to die within the next 12 months, even if they survive the birth. Those risks are even greater in the developing world, where three out of every four women in need of care for complications from pregnancy don’t receive it. And even in places where care is available, the demand is so great that it stretches resources to their limits…
Through new international public-private partnerships, like Saving Mothers, Giving Life we’re working to change that. By providing mothers with the essential care and resources they need in labor, delivery and the first 24 hours after birth, we’re aiming to reduce maternal mortality rates by 50% in targeted countries. In Zambia and Uganda, that work is already underway.”
— HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
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