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To the Editor:

I commend Southern Illinois Healthcare for providing more organizations with the tools and the training that can save lives. ("SIH delivers AEDs to faith-based organizations," March 28, 2018)

We are fortunate to live in a country that not only leads the world in medical innovation but also attempts to provide everyone access to those tools. However, for many around the globe the situation is far from reality. Each day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. More than 16,000 children under age 5 die of preventable and treatable conditions such as prematurity, malnutrition, pneumonia and diarrhea.

Thanks to Rep. Mike Bost for taking a huge step to end preventable maternal and child deaths by signing a dear colleague letter to the 2019 budget appropriations committee in support of strong funding for global maternal and child health. The maternal and child health funding uses evidence based roadmap to end these preventable deaths within a generation. I urge Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to join these efforts to save lives of millions of moms and kids around the world.

Sri Jaladi

Creve Coeur, Missouri

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