Maternal Survival: Celebrating Progress
and Accelerating Action

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Office Building
U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

You are invited to attend a landmark event to recognize and celebrate exemplary achievement by the Governments of Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Cambodia and Afghanistan in reducing maternal deaths. Progress in saving lives has typically been accompanied by substantial improvements in maternity and obstetric care, family planning, systems strengthening, community mobilization, and education attainment among women. However, each country has a unique story.

Maternal mortality reduction was once viewed as an insurmountable problem, but investments in maternal and newborn health and voluntary family planning have contributed to a 40–65 percent reduction in the maternal mortality ratios in 23 high-burden countries between 1990 and 2008 (U.N. estimates).

Please join us in celebrating our honored guests

His Excellency Bautista Rojas Gómez, Minister of Health, Dominican Republic
Her Excellency Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan
His Excellency Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, Cambodia
Dr. Fidele Ngabo, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Rwanda


Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Honorary Host

The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Senate


The Honorable Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Jim McDermott, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Lynn Woolsey, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Lois Capps, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Betty McCollum, U.S. House of Representatives
Lois Quam, Executive Director, Global Health Initiative
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development

Please RSVP to Space is limited and filling quickly.
To enter Russell Senate Office Building, please use entrances on
Constitution Avenue, NE.

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