Get ready for your Journey to save children’s and mothers’ lives with our Take Action Backpack
21 February 2013
This World Thinking Day we will be thinking about child and maternal health. More than thinking, we want you to start planning the journey you are going to undertake with the Take Action Backpack to save children’s and mothers’ lives.
Worldwide people do not necessarily know what the MDG 4 on child mortality and MDG 5 on maternal heath are, so it’s our job to educate them. Worldwide decision-makers in many countries do not deliver on the commitments they made, so it is also our job to demand from them to commit to changing the life-threatening realities for millions of children and women worldwide.
With this in mind, we will be launching the Take Action Backpack soon to help you on your journey to save children’s and mothers’ lives. As in every journey, your Backpack needs to be packed with the essentials.
To help you plan and undertake this important journey, the Backpack will provide you with a set of tools. Come back to use our Calendar of key dates to plan your events and campaigns, take some time to read the factsheets on children and maternal health, use the sample presentation to organize your events and the sample letter to address the key decision-makers.
An important part of this journey is about demanding rights. Child and maternal health is a fundamental human right. Right to life and survival, right to education, right to food – these are all fundamental human rights inextricably linked to health.
Children and women have the right to life, yet they die of preventable and treatable causes. Children and women have the right to health, yet they face economic, social and cultural challenges in accessing health services. Children and women have the right to food, yet under-nutrition contributes to more than a third of child deaths and to at least a fifth of maternal deaths. 
The Backpack will take you through the key human rights and important agreements that will help you to hold the decision-makers accountable.
The Backpack will shed light on the realities of child and maternal health and well-being, on the links between their health and well-being of their communities and on the progress made so far. We know there is a multitude of information on children and maternal health out there, but with the Backpack you will not have to spend your time browsing on the web in search of information. We will provide you with a comprehensive library of the most up-to-date and relevant information ranging from global strategies and publications to films, as well as tools produced by other organizations.
We want to measure the great impact that girl guiding has on improving children and maternal health and count the journeys undertaken with this Backpack. So plan your journey and don’t forget to come back for your Backpack. And remember, with each journey, we get a step closer to reducing child and maternal mortality.
 Countdown to 2015 report highlights, available at: http://www.countdown2015mnch.org/countdown-highlights