Letter: Mahzarin Mistry, Leesburg

Editor:  As a constituent of Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine, and Rep. Jennifer Wexton and an avid advocate for The Borgen Project, I want to use this letter to urge you and the residents of Loudoun County to support the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

Through poverty-reduction efforts, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act with the help of the United States’ governmental powers can aid to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children in developing countries all around the world. In the past 25 years, child and mother mortality rates have been cut in half. While that is good, still, every day approximately 800 women die from preventable causes directly related to pregnancy and childbirth. Indeed, in Africa, the risk of a woman dying during childbirth is 50 percent times higher than women in the United States. Of those children born to mothers who died during childbirth, more than 20,000 under the age of five will also die due the lack of treatment for preventable diseases.

For centuries, the United States has been a global proponent in the efforts to produce and administer treatment, especially for women and children. Global poverty is a domino effect; its results, if underestimated, create an unstable world and a breeding ground for very real international security threats. For this reason and those mentioned above, I urge Congress and those of Loudoun County to support the Reach Every Mother and Child Act in order to promote wellness for women and children around the world as well as protect United States national security interests.

Mahzarin Mistry, Leesburg