President-elect Barack Obama understands the importance of fighting global poverty, from both a humanitarian and a national security perspective.
Now that we have a new president, it's time to tell him: stick to your promises to help the world's poor. In these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever for our new president to hear from us that fighting global poverty is still a priority.
Tell him that one of the keys to helping the world's poor is prioritizing maternal and child health. In the developing world, one woman every minute dies needlessly in childbirth. These women aren't dying because the health community doesn't know how to prevent their deaths; they are dying because the world is failing to help.
As you may know, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty through the empowerment of women. Women and girls, when equipped with the proper resources, have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty.
Tell the president-elect to make fighting poverty a central part of his foreign policy. Ask him to stand with you in solidarity with the 1.4 billion people who live on a little more then a dollar a day ... the 72 million children who are not in school today ... the one woman who dies every minute from pregnancy-related causes.
Thank you for your support,
Helene Gayle, MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE