In 1858 Anna Reeves Jarvis organized “Mother’s Day Clubs” in Grafton, WV. The clubs were intended to educate mothers on sanitation and the importance of using safe milk to feed their infants. This was early infant mortality intervention and it lead to her daughter petitioning Woodrow Wilson to recognize Mother’s Day as a national holiday. In the same vein, Ana Clarke began her life’s work in orphanages in South America. When she met Tom Clarke, her life’s work transferred to the mountains and plains of East Africa, where today, not unlike Anna’s before her, she is a pioneer leading the charge to cut infant mortality in Uganda by 50%. Believe it or not Ana Clarke and Anna Jarvis shared more than a name, they shared a cause that to this day still remains a daunting challenge. Yet with the same interventions can be overcome. Cheers to the Ana’s and Anna’s in our life and Happy Mother’s Day.
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