December 11, 2015 |

Smart Solution #2: the Reach Act

Supporting PATH’s advocacy work has a wide-reaching and long-lasting impact by saving moms and kids–for generations to come.
A group of women and children holding paper dolls gather on the US Capitol steps.
Our advocacy approaches range from direct engagement with Capitol Hill lawmakers, to pitching supportive media pieces, to more creative advocacy like delivering “paper doll petitions” colored by kids around the world. Photo: PATH/Allie Mooney.

In this series we’re profiling PATH solutions and technologies that benefitted from donors like you. Today we’re featuring the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

What is the Reach Act?

Around the world, more children are reaching their fifth birthday than ever before, and fewer women are dying during pregnancy and childbirth. For the first time in history, experts agree it is possible to END preventable maternal and child deaths. The Reach Every Mother and Child Act is a bold, bipartisan bill aimed at ensuring that the United States fulfills its commitments to helping the world reach this ambitious but achievable goal. PATH plays a lead role among more than 20 nonprofit organizations that support the legislation.

What is its impact?

The Reach Act is one of the most comprehensive policies for child and maternal health to be considered by the US Congress in decades. It holds the US government—namely the US Agency for International Development (USAID)—accountable for its promise to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 mothers by 2020. It also reinvigorates efforts to develop and scale innovations to address leading causes of death. It would ensure that USAID’s efforts to double down on programs that improve child and maternal health continue beyond this presidential administration and leverage the best available science to save more lives, faster.

Young girl holds a sign that says "I'm fighting for a bright future for every child."
When you invest in PATH, you invest in positive policy change, which has a multiplier effect—it affects entire communities and nations and its impact can last generations. Photo: RESULTS/Avery Artman.

What role did private donors play?

Private donors provide flexible funding that enables PATH to lobby legislators to support policies with the potential to improve US efforts in global health and ultimately save more lives. While much of our work focuses on advocacy to educate lawmakers about the leading causes of death and solutions with the potential to improve health and survival, direct lobbying is often necessary to make concrete changes to how governments like the United States allocate resources and implement programs to bring health within reach of everyone.

How can you support projects like this at PATH?

When you invest in PATH, you invest in positive policy change, which has a multiplier effect—it affects entire communities and nations and its impact can last generations. Your donation can support our work to encourage passage of the Reach Act next year and ensure that the US fulfills its commitment to moms and kids around the world.

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  • Kelly Healy is a communications officer with the Advocacy and Public Policy Program at PATH.