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Children's education and health go hand in hand

Children's education and health go hand in hand

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Thanks to U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, for being a champion for children’s education, and signing on to H.R. 466 that supports the Global Partnership for Education. This program provides kids in the poorest countries access to quality education.

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, for being an advocate for women’s wellness, and being the first Republican in the House to be an additional co-sponsor for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 4022). The Reach Act aims to end preventable maternal and child deaths globally.

However, education and health go hand in hand. About 130 million girls around the globe are out of school. Research shows that if all childbearing-age women were to complete secondary education, the number of child deaths under age 5 would drop by about 350,000 each year.

Hence I join Cynthia Changyit Levin ("U.S. leadership needed for children's health, education," Nov. 11) in asking Rep. Clay to sign the Reach Act and Rep. Wagner to sign the GPE resolution and together make a difference in the lives of these mothers and children.

Sri Jaladi  •  Creve Coeur

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