"Every Woman, Every Child" is an unprecedented global effort to improve the health of women and children around the world. The charity's goal is to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more. At an event in New York City last week, actress Jennifer Connelly stepped out publicly for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Agnes Lark, in support of this great cause. Jennifer spoke about the significance of being a mom and the importance of proper childbirth for all women.
Fashion icon Christy Turlington Burns and music mogul 50 Cent also joined world leaders to help create awareness to save the lives of mothers and children. Christy shared her own personal tie to the cause, "I not only experienced a post-partum hemorrhage but I survived one. And that's my wish really for all women and all mothers in the world. Too many women do not have access to health services and that's something that we need to change."
50 Cent added, "I know my music is merely a platform to reach others in a positive way. It is my personal mission to do more to help those struggling through world hunger and I am committed to providing 1 billion meals for women and children."
Some landmark goals put in place by "Every Woman, Every Child" and the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are to stop the mother to child transmission of HIV, achieve near-zero malaria deaths, launch a new effort against the leading killers of children, and recruit 1 million front-line health workers to provide care in developing countries.
Key figures in business, politics, health, culture, and entertainment are fueling a renewed drive to achieve these goals. "Progress is being made toward a world in which the needs of every woman and every child are met," said United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria and MDG Advocate, Ray Chambers.
We all know how important the relationship between a mother and child is, and every woman deserves a healthy environment to nourish this special bond. If you'd like more information on "Every Woman, Every Child" and the strides it's taking to promote the health of today's mothers and children, please visit www.everywomaneverychild.org.