We can help save lives of women, children

Columbia, SC — I recently returned from a medical trip to the Amazon basin of Ecuador, an experience that opened my eyes to the realities of maternal and child mortality overseas.

One mother traveled nearly two hours to our local clinic to seek treatment for her young son, who was malnourished. Despite our efforts to treat him, he didn’t survive. Sadly this story is not unique. According to Save the Children Action Network, 6.3 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes each year.

America is a leader in saving the lives of mothers and babies, working in partnership with developing countries to increase access to lifesaving solutions and helping cut the number of children dying from preventable causes in half since 1990.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Chris Coons have introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act to help scale up the solutions we know work to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. There is no more important investment in the health and stability of our world than saving the lives of women and children.

Alaina Sturkie

West Columbia