SOURCE: Save the Children

May 06, 2008 00:30 ET

Actress Jessica Lange Joins Save the Children to Ensure Children Receive Basic Health Care

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Actress Jessica Lange is Save the Children's newest Ambassador and the spokesperson for the humanitarian organization's annual "State of the World's Mothers" report, to be released on May 6, 2008. The report finds more than 200 million children under age 5 do not get basic health care when they need it, and that many lives could be saved by training local community health workers in remote and underserved areas.

"When your child gets sick with a common illness in the United States, you go to the doctor or pick up medicine at the local drug store," said the Academy Award-winning actress and mother of three. "But that's not the reality for millions of mothers in the poorest countries and communities around the world, where nearly 10 million children under 5 die every year.

"Last month, I traveled with Save the Children to Ethiopia, where 4 out of 5 children do not receive basic health measures," said Lange. "The good news is that Ethiopia is taking aggressive steps to reduce its child death rate through a community health worker program. In remote villages like Awassa, I met mothers whose babies are alive today because they got the advice and life-saving medicines they needed through this program."

For more information on the 2008 "State of the World's Mothers" report, visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos and video of Jessica Lange in Africa available upon request.

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