Former U.S. Congressman Dr. J. Phillip Gingrey and Senior Advisor at the District Policy Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath authored a column in The Hill, a top U.S. political media outlet, on the importance of the U.S. government’s continued global leadership on maternal and child survival.
Before serving as a Congressman for 12 years, Dr. Gingrey practiced as an OB-GYN in Georgia for more than 26 years, delivering more than 5,000 babies. In this role, he was able to care for women and babies who had access to the support and resources necessary for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
However, Dr. Gingrey emphasizes that there are still millions of women and children around the world who die each year because of poor and limited medical treatment. While these rates are steadily declining with help from agencies like USAID, he asserts that there remains a strong need for further support.
“Because of this tremendous progress, it is possible to imagine a world where all women and children have access to lifesaving services. That is why global leaders came together four years ago to pledge an end to preventable child deaths within a generation…Importantly, experts say this goal is achievable, but it will require sustained commitment from the U.S. and our partners,” Dr. Gingrey explains.
Dr. Gingrey then calls on his former colleagues to continue prioritizing this issue by supporting the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (HR 3706, or its companion bill S. 1911), which makes ending preventable child and maternal deaths a goal of U.S. policy and ensures effective, impactful funding for programs around the globe.
“Let’s help give women around the world a chance to safely bring their children into the world and to watch them grow and thrive.”