The past two years have been significant for women's and children's health for many reasons. The unprecedented global momentum towards saving the lives of 16 million women and children is among the most remarkable.
When a mother survives, her children thrive. They are more likely to be vaccinated, eat properly, attend school and become productive members of their community, thereby making countries more secure and our world a better place.
We applaud the efforts of these leaders, as we envision a future in which the world's most marginalized children receive the same life-saving interventions as our own. Now we must find the political will and determination to make this a reality.
While great strides in child survival have been made in the past years, we also remember those children who do not live to see their fifth birthday -- the 7.6 million children who die of preventable causes each year.
Seeing the starving kids on television does not prepare you for seeing it up close and personal. Standing outside the door of the in-patient room we were about to enter I took a deep breath to still myself for what may lay on the the other side of the door.