The most dangerous day of a mothers' life is the day she gives birth. On 25 June, G8 will meet to sign onto a new maternal and child health initiative to help the 8.8 million children and 300,000 women who still die each year from preventable illness and pregnancy.

In many places these deaths could be prevented simply by giving these women the support of a trained community healthworker.

No mother about to give birth or caring for a sick child should be without support.

I just signed a petition asking the G8 to make sure they agree to train 3.5 million health workers as part of their new initiative to help mothers and children.

Please join me by signing the petition here: