The College Hosts Leadership Council of Saving Mothers, Giving Life

August 9, 2012

Washington, DC -- Official representatives from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met this week at The College’s Washington, DC, headquarters for a two-day summit to discuss their ongoing partnership initiative, Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL), a five-year effort to reduce global mortality.

Saving Mothers, Giving LifeSMGL is a public-private partnership with the goal of aggressively reducing maternal mortality in countries with high rates of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. The project recently launched in Uganda and Zambia, two countries with disproportionately high maternal mortality rates. SMGL partners are working together on improving the health care delivery infrastructure in these developing countries to help save the lives of women and infants.  

 “The College is excited to be part of this new global effort to save the lives of mothers needlessly dying every day” said Herbert B. Peterson, MD, chair of The College’s Global Women’s Health Operations Advisory Group. “We’re ready to take on the challenge of implementing interventions to dramatically reduce the number of maternal deaths in these developing countries.“

See photos from the Leadership Council meeting.

For more information on SMGL, visit

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 56,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.


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