Just as we have the knowledge to prevent almost every mother from dying needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth, we can prevent 390,000 children being born HIV-positive, most of whom will die by their second birthday.
The UN GA provides a great opportunity to reflect on global leaders' commitments to a number of development challenges. But it also means that many organizations compete for the attention of heads of state and other notables.
After delivering her first child, Christy suffered a complication. While she had a birth team that managed the situation, she was shocked to learn that hundreds of thousands of women die each year during childbirth -- and that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.
You may be shocked to learn that the United States is 50th in the world in terms of how well it provides its citizens with maternal health care. It has dropped from a previous ranking of 41st, trailing Canada and a host of European countries.
When I set out to make a documentary film about the global state of maternal health three years ago, I had no idea just how dismal a job we were doing for our nation's families here at home. This is why we need the Affordable Health Care Act.