Healthy Baby Project 2020
At APPPAH's conference last November, we launched a new campaign – The Healthy Baby Project 2020. The brainchild of APPPAH members Deborah Puterbaugh and Peter Prontzos, the aim of the Project is to make the right to a healthy pregnancy, birth, and infancy a reality for all women and children. This goal is already recognized by UNICEF as a fundamental human right, and a legally binding international obligation. At the APPPAH conference in 2010, Dr. Marti Glenn, noted that,
Economists, writers, and researchers are beginning to discover what we have known for decades: that the events and environment surrounding pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, and early infancy set the template out of which we live our lives.She also highlighted the most important point of all: that it is relatively easy and inexpensive to prevent damage in the first place. For instance, a father's supportive involvement during pregnancy can play a role in reducing infant mortality. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman points out that every dollar invested 'in the very young' not only saves lives and prevents illness, but will save from $4-17 dollars in future costs. Around 400,000 women die each year in childbirth from complications which could easily be prevented. Most of them could be saved for the cost of...six fighter jets. Protecting mothers and children requires dealing with related issues, such as poverty, women's rights, the lack of medical care, and so on. The most horrific figure is this: over 22,000 children die every day from hunger and preventable diseases – 9 million every year. Those who survive will be damaged for the rest of their lives.