Welcome to the first Update Report for Merck for Mothers (known as MSD for Mothers outside the U.S. and Canada).
Overview of Merck for Mothers
Merck for Mothers is our new initiative to help the world reach UN Millennium Development Goal 5 to reduce the maternal mortality rate by 75%. Our focus is on the two leading causes of maternal mortality—post-partum hemorrhage and preeclampsia—as well as family planning, which is known to play an important role in reducing maternal mortality. Merck for Mothers is a new way to deliver on Merck's mission of saving and improving lives and builds on our heritage of helping to solve global health challenges, including river blindness, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and many others.
How We Got Here
The launch of Merck for Mothers was a culmination of an intensive listening and learning process. Over the past year, we consulted with more than 200 maternal health experts representing a range of organizations - NGOs, multi-laterals, national governments, foundations, academia, media and other companies - who dedicated their time and ideas to helping us identify areas where we can make a difference. We are grateful to all those who shared their valuable insights.
Advancing promising technologies: Last fall, we launched an innovative alliance with PATH to assess promising maternal health technologies that are at various stages of development. The goal of this collaboration is to identify and advance innovations that have the greatest potential to save women’s lives. Learn more.
We look forward to sharing additional updates about Merck for Mothers with you.