A 1-minute PSA shows that the difference between life and death can be where you're born.

67 seconds of reality.

I suggest viewing this short clip, which highlights the stark contrast between having access to health care and not having access.

Those of us who live in countries with modern medical care might not always realize how lucky we are.

All around the world, 17,000 kids die every single day from illnesses that could be prevented (or cured!) by the health care we use regularly.


The difference between life and death often comes down to where you're born.

Just finding a doctor is harder in other places. According to the World Health Organization, "high-income countries have an average of almost 90 nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people, while some low-income countries have fewer than 2 per 10,000 people."

Image by Save the Children.

The good news? It doesn't have to be this way.
(And you can help.)

What can you do?

You can spend TWO MINUTES to send a simple email urging your senator to support a bill ending preventable deaths of moms and babies. The bill is called the, "Accelerating Action on Maternal and Child Health Act." Support it!

You can do what Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Hugh Jackman have already done by signing this open letter to world leaders to encourage them to make choices that benefit people the most before a major summit on global development happening in September, 2015.

We've already seen major progress in health care. According to the WHO, low-income countries have already seen an increase of nine years in the average life expectancy, from 1990 to 2012. But we can do more.

Let's keep that trend going!

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She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

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