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Liya Kebede: Advocate for Maternal Health

Today, supermodel, actress, and mother Liya Kebede posted to the Huffington Post about, "We Need a Global Fund for Moms." In her piece, she wrote:

When it comes to progress on saving mother's lives, you have to follow the money. Countries such as Honduras and Nepal prove that rapid, dramatic progress is possible if resources are invested in maternal health. However, without investment in mother's lives, maternal mortality will remain stubbornly high. Despite the need for increased investment, G7 commitments for health systems actually fell by $1.7 million between 2004 and 2007. We have the tools to save mothers lives, but we have not proven that we care enough to act.

She continues to say that, similar to the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), maternal health needs "a coordinated global effort to hold nations accountable for their promises, to synthesize disparate efforts, to leverage existing resources, and to report back on results, providing confidence that resources are well used." We couldn't agree more. A Global Fund for Maternal Health. Liya goes on with this impassioned plea:

It might sound overwhelming but imagine how much more effectively we will fight AIDS, malaria, corruption or anything else if we keep our mothers alive for the battle? I promise to do everything in my power to ensure that maternal health statistics do change during the next twenty years. Who will join me?

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