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The first few years of a child’s life are crucial in order to set the stage for healthy development throughout the rest of their lives. As someone who has personally seen the effects of poverty in a developing nation, I wanted to thank U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for agreeing to co-sponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1911). This act will help improve the lives of millions of mothers and children around the world.

From the beginning of nursing school, it is reinforced into nurses that prevention is key. However, 6.3 million children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes every year. On top of that, 800 women die every day from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

This new bipartisan legislation would help improve many lives across the world by directing the U.S. government to invest in maternal, newborn and child health. This investment helps reduce poverty, stimulates economic growth and most importantly, saves lives.

Thank you again, Sen. Kirk, for co-sponsoring this legislation that, if enacted, could save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 mothers by 2020. All children deserve a strong start in life, no matter where they live.

Harini Madheswaran

Bloomington

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