Unlimited tax dollars to fund maternal and newborn health assistance in developing countries

Lois Capps

Democratic Representative Lois Capps of California

On May 11, 2010 Democratic Representative Lois Capps of California (see co-sponsors below) introduced the “Improvements in Global MOMS Act” into Congress which has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs*.

The United States government will provided unlimited tax dollars to fund “not less than 30 developing countries” in receiving improved maternal and newborn health assistance.

The bill states: funding of such sums as may be necessary to carry out the Act.

If passed, the President is authorized to furnish assistance, on such terms and conditions as the President may determine, to reduce mortality and improve maternal health and the health of newborns in developing countries.

This bill would provide such things as family planning services; education; screenings; diagnosis and treatment of various health conditions as HIV/AIDS, etc.; making vaccines, micronutrients, and treatment for infections and parasites available and accessible; skilled delivery care; access to a referral system, communication and transport, drugs, supplies, and equipment for delivery; quality emergency obstetric care to include increasing the essential supplies and equipment; ensure continuity of comprehensive, acceptable care, referrals and follow-up; postpartum care; post-abortion care; improved orphan care; train health care providers; mental health care; psychosocial support.

Other “activities” to strengthen/improve would include:  child and maternal nutrition, including the delivery of iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine, and other key micronutrients; immunization services; improve household-level behavior related to safe water, hygiene, safe and hygienic food preparation and storage, exposure to indoor smoke, and environmental toxins such as lead; activities to improve capacity for health governance, health finance, and the health workforce, including in the private sector, and support for training clinicians, nurses, technicians, sanitation and public health workers,community-based health workers, midwives, birth attendants; improve access to clean water and improved sanitation through community-based hygiene education programs, access to household- and community-level water purification tools and devices, and latrine construction; activities to prevent, control, and in some cases eliminate neglected tropical diseases for both newborns and mothers.

The Improvements in Global MOMS Act is also cited as the Improvements in Global Maternal and newborn health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act

Born in 1938, Democratic Representative Lois Capps of California has served in the House of Representatives since 1998. Prior to 1998 she worked as a nurse and college professor. Her district includes portions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

Co-sponsors to this bill are Betty McCollum (D-MN); Donna Christensen (D-VI); Lynn Woolsey (D-CA); Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Gwen Moore (D-WI); Rosa DeLauro(D-CT); Yvette Clarke (D-NY); Barbara Lee (D-CA); Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); David Loebsack (D-IA); Raul Grijalva (D-AZ); Jan Schakowsky (D-IL); Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH); Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Susan Davis (D-CA); John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI); Doris Matsui (D-CA).

*Representative Woolsey and Lee serve on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

View “Your US taxes to educate in underdeveloped countries

HR 5268 <— read the bill

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