Sarah Brown speaks for mothers and children

Sarah Brown promises to lend her voice to campaign for maternal and child survival

11 March 2008 ¦ London -- Sarah Brown, public advocate and wife of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has lent her personal support to the cause of women and children and called for scaled up action to reach Millennium Development Goal 4 on child survival and Millennium Development Goal 5 on maternal health.

"We will not have a better future for our children if we do not look after their mothers first" said Sarah Brown in an address to a conference held in London on 6 March to coincide with International Women's Day. The one day event, organised by the UK NGO Women and Children First, brought together delegates from sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, UK NGOs and UN agencies.

"The countdown to 2105 starts now. We need to advocate for action and improvement and I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years" Brown added. Drawing from her own life experiences, Sarah Brown stressed that "it is a matter of advocacy now to save lives of mothers and children. If we need to talk to leaders and politicians, I will go and talk to them". Mr. Brown, the UK Prime Minister, has joined the Global Network of Leaders, an initiative by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to ignite voices of state leaders responding to maternal, newborn and child health.