Funding free health care in developing countries will save mothers’ and babies’ lives
The TUC is supporting the publication of a new report, Your Money or Your Life, published this morning (Monday 14 September) by a coalition of 62 civil society organisations, which argues that the UK and other rich nations must do more to save the lives of mothers and their newborn babies. Next week, at the UN General Assembly, Gordon Brown and other world leaders will unveil new measures designed to protect maternal and newborn health – voluntary contributions added onto airline tickets (like carbon offsets); innovative financing mechanisms; and plain old extra money. What they are all intended to do, however, is abolish charges for health services for mums-to-be. Because what works in developing countries is what works here: health services free at the point of need are crucial to saving lives. If you want to join the campaign, use Oxfam’s online action to tell the Prime Minister you want more money devoted to free health services and more skilled health workers.