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MATERNAL HEALTH

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Over 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation (FGM). If current trends continue, about 86 million additional girls worldwide will be subjected to the practice by 2030. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 and causes severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, and infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.


LET'S ELECTRIFY AFRICA

We all know about William and Kate's baby girl, Charlotte, and that's great! But what about all the babies in sub-Saharan Africa that are born to moms that have c-sections in the dark? The majority of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa don't have reliable electricity and 30% are without any access to electricity at all.

We are asking the House of Representatives to support the Electrify Africa Act that would provide electricity to 50 million Africans for the very first time. Right now, there's a bi-partisan bill in the House that can change the lives of many Africans--a bill that will bring power to many people for the first time. We need the House to act.

We need co-sponsors for the bill that has been introduced by Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senior Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Please contact your Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor the Electrify Africa Act. There is no bill number at this point.

Call 202-224-3121 (Capitol Switchboard) and ask for your Representative. To find out who your Representative is: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Thank you for taking action on this issue.

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9--Number of developing countries--out of 137--on track to achieve the U.N.'s millennium development goals to lower infant and maternal mortality rates by 2015.

MATERNAL MORTALITY IN ETHIOPIA—The number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Ethiopia has decreased, reflecting a global trend. Many nations have made progress toward reducing the number of women dying from complications during pregnancy and childbirth, in part by training more midwives and increasing female education. The majority of the world's maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

4 million—Child deaths prevented around the world by boosting mothers' education.
(American Journal of Public Health; Canadian Medical Association Journal)