MP backs safer motherhood
Caroline Flint attended the Parliamentary Mum’s Café, created by The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe , to mark International Women’s Day to highlight the hundreds of thousands of pregnant women who continue to die and suffer in childbirth.
Caroline Flint said, “Now is the chance to make a remarkable difference for women in poor countries. We can save lives by providing urgently needed health services for women, including health workers and family planning. The UK Government has promised to act – it is vital this money is delivered now before more women are needlessly lost. If we look after mothers, we look after the world. It is mothers who make sure children are fed, loved, educated, vaccinated, women help build stable societies.”
The UK committed to provide an annual average of £740 million for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health from 2010 to 2015 to save the lives of at least 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth, 250,000 newborn babies and enable 10 million couples to access modern methods of family planning. This week, Caroline Flint pledged to play her part to ensure the UK government lives up to its commitment on Maternal Health.