SUKARYA USA to Fight Infant & Maternal Mortality, Partners With USOW 2018

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PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: APR 16, 2018
Sukarya, striving for a better society since 1998.


SEATTLE, April 16, 2018 (Newswire.com) - ​​​At the same time more than 300,000 women and 2.8 million children die every year mostly for reasons that are preventable – having little or no access to healthcare, malnutrition and suffering from Anemia. The under-five mortality rate is even worse being at the double of the infant mortality rate. As a matter of fact, the U.S. has the worst infant and maternal mortality rates among the developed nations.

Conceiving and having a baby, is one of the most beautiful, natural and joyful experiences of life for any women. However, this reality can be extremely difficult and life-threatening for many women and children living in poor, remote and deprived regions. Infant mortality and maternal morbidity have been an unresolved serious global issue for a long time.

There is a bipartisan proposal in Congress, the proposed Reach Every Mother and Child Act calls for ending all preventable childhood and maternal deaths across the world with new approaches and better coordination. A U.S. Senate version calls for ending preventable childhood and maternal deaths by 2035; a U.S. House version calls for doing so “within a generation.”

Conceiving and having a baby, is one of the most beautiful, natural and joyful experiences of life for any women. However, this reality can be extremely difficult and life-threatening for many women and children living in poor, remote and deprived regions. Infant mortality and maternal morbidity have been an unresolved serious global issue for a long time.
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“If I look across the villages and slums, there are thousands of mothers, children and families who aren’t getting a fair start in life,” Meera Satpathy, the founder of Sukarya said. “Mostly due to not getting the access to basic health care — simple things like the investments that we’re proposing, teaching health-care workers and midwives the importance of good hygiene, family planning, washing hands, sterilizing tools, nutritional cooking and access to lifesaving vaccines.”

Sukarya has been one of the very few Non-Governmental Organizations in India working on maternal and children’s health as its core area of work since 1998. In the year 2017 itself, the Sukarya team has helped more than 200,000 vulnerable women living in more than 69 villages and 15 slums through their projects under Urban Slum Health Action, Rural Development, Empowerment of Protection of Girls living in the Slums programs. In the last 20 years, Sukarya has impacted more than 3.4 million lives spreading across three northern Indian states by giving them access to basic healthcare, nutrition and education thereby preventing tens of thousands of avoidable deaths and improving maternal & children’s health at the same time.

Inspired by Sukarya’s good works for last two decades on providing access to basic healthcare and nutrition for women and children in India, Sukarya USA was formed by some like-minded volunteers with the purpose to raise awareness, exchange technical know-hows, share best practices and mobilize resources for Sukarya’s work on the ground establishing its Center of Excellence for Social Change. The common goal is also to replicate its success as a non-governmental organization and make an impact on the lives of mothers and children of India, the U.S. and anywhere in the world.

And comes this May, Sukarya USA is going to be one of the Community Partners for The United State of Women Summit 2018 in Los Angeles to convene the movement – working with organizations and individuals on the front lines of today’s most pressing issues, and equipping women with the tools and resources they need to channel their energy into action.

“The 2018 summit is a celebration of the women who have significantly impacted their communities,” says Meera Satpathy. “It’s more than just a conference – it is a powerful gathering of leaders from across the world who are breaking down the barriers that hold women back.”