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Dr. Jill Biden Story

Dr. Jill Biden

U.S. Second Lady

I had the chance to witness the announcement of a new partnership to create text4baby Russia, a free mobile health information service promoting maternal and child health through text messages. Text4baby Russia is similar to text4baby in the United States; the U.S. and Russian partners have been working together to share technical expertise and best practices in using text messaging programs to improve the health of expecting and new mothers.

It was heartening to see this example of American partners – private sector and non-profit – working with Russian colleagues to learn from each other to tackle common problems. We must use every tool we have to keep our mothers and newborns healthy – and this is a promising step. As a mother and a grandmother, I congratulate all of those working on maternal health issues, and look forward to celebrating the growth of the text4baby program.