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Holding the World Bank Accountable for Reproductive Health Commitments

Princess Sarah Zeid, champion of the White Ribbon Alliance, is holding the World Bank accountable for reproductive health commitments. Her article on The Huffington Post earlier this week emphasized the importance of keeping maternal and newborn health on the post-2015 agenda:

The evidence shows us that to maintain the progress made, it is essential that we continue what we have begun, whilst expanding our investments if we are to spread our impact.

To ensure that development is truly sustainable and to avoid far worse — to prevent a backward slide — we must do more for more.

She also noted that reproductive health and family planning are essential for maternal and newborn health targets post-2015:

Access to family planning — to choices about contraception — improves both maternal and newborn survival by lengthening inter-pregnancy intervals. Spacing the birth of children by three years will decrease under-5 deaths by 25 percent.

Read the full article and learn how to help here.

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