Photo of the Month: Maternal Health Matters


As a nurse at the Mahama Camp in Rwanda, Jen does it all.

She started working with Save the Children in September 2015 and now delivers counseling and maternity services to the refugee population at the camp. This includes everything from pre- and post-natal care to family planning and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

To keep up with this high demand, she participated in a valuable Save the Children-supported training that supplemented her clinical education from the government.

“It’s a big achievement to be able to provide all methods [of counseling],” Jen said. “You are more confident when you are well trained.”

In addition to the trainings, the Save the Children team also offers maternity services, such as in- and out-patient care, malaria treatment, laboratory diagnostics and food delivery to pregnant and lactating mothers.

All of this matters for the women in the camp. And for so many women around the world, simple interventions such as these can mean the difference between life and death. Sadly, 800 women around the world still die every day due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. That can change. From individuals such as Jen, all the way up to the national governments, people are inspired to make a difference for women and their children.

In fact, the U.S. government is currently considering legislation called the Reach Every Mother and Child Act that would increase access to the low-cost, high-impact approaches that work to prevent maternal and child deaths in the countries that need them most. It would enable the U.S. to meet the goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030.

By urging Congress to pass this legislation, we can help Jen—and all of the health workers around the world like her—save more moms and kids. Use your voice today and do your part to ensure that no woman or child dies from preventable causes!

Urge Congress to pass the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.



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Sarah Siguenza is the Manager, Web Editor for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). She is passionate about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to live up to their potential. Sarah previously worked for the United Nations Foundation and InterAction – the largest coalition of U.S.-based nonprofits – and is excited to use digital communications to advance SCAN’s mission.