Washington, D.C. – March 7, 2013 – Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) welcomed PROJECT C.U.R.E. as the newest member of the unique public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality rates by up to 50 percent in Zambia, Uganda and other developing countries.
“We are thrilled to welcome PROJECT C.U.R.E. to Saving Mothers, Giving Life. Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s leader at providing customized medical supplies, medical equipment, and related program services to medical facilities in the developing world,” said Celina Schocken, Secretariat for the Saving Mothers, Giving Life partnership. “The expertise and resources of Project C.U.R.E, combined with those commitments of all our partners, will help us to reach our goal of saving more women and their newborns who are dying unnecessarily during childbirth.”
As 2015 approaches, there is a renewed sense of urgency to accelerate progress toward achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Child Survival Call to Action, the Family Planning Summit and the Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative each represent important programmatic and financial commitments to improving maternal health.
“Too many mothers and infants die needlessly in the developing world. PROJECT C.U.R.E. can save countless lives and improve both pre- and post-natal care services through the distribution of life-saving, donated, medical supplies and equipment,” said Dr. Doug Jackson, President and CEO of PROJECT C.U.R.E.
About the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Partnership: Saving Mothers, Giving Life was launched with the goal of supporting countries where women are dying at alarming rates during pregnancy and childbirth to aggressively reduce maternal mortality. Founding partners, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Every Mother Counts, the Government of Norway and Merck for Mothers have joined the U.S. Government in working towards achieving this ambitious goal. The five-year effort intends to help mothers during labor, delivery, and the first 24 hours postpartum – the most vulnerable period for maternal and newborn death.
About Project C.U.R.E.: Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Project C.U.R.E. is a non-profit humanitarian relief organization that provides resource-limited communities in developing countries with donated medical supplies and equipment. Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest organization of its kind, working with hundreds of healthcare partners in the U.S. and abroad to distribute medical donations to hospitals, clinics and community health centers in 130 countries. In addition to its medical supply delivery program, Project C.U.R.E. sends volunteer medical teams to underserved communities in developing countries to assist local staff with patient care and training. Project C.U.R.E. operates distribution centers in Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas and collection facilities in 13 other states. For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit www.projectcure.org.
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