Concern Worldwide US has been awarded a five-year, $41 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for mother-and-child health programs.
The organization is headed up by chairman Tom Moran who is also the chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America.
Moran, an extremely popular Irish American success story he has seen first-hand the great work which Concern does in countries from Haiti to East Timor.
However, in Sierra Leone, more than 25 percent of children die before reaching their fifth birthday, and in Malawi, one in every 18 women dies during pregnancy or childbirth.
In India and Malawi, two-thirds of mothers and children lack essential health services like vaccinations, skilled care at birth and micronutrient supplements.
Concern Worldwide US is based in New York and runs several major events each year in support of its projects overseas.
Executive Director Siobhan Walsh has been honored as one of Irish America's "women of influence" and is a tireless worker on behalf of the organization and the people it serves.
Author Frank McCourt, who passed away recently, was also a huge supporter of the organization which works to help people get up and out from under the grinding poverty of the developing world.
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