4th Quarter 2013
Curbing the Rising Rate of Maternal Death in the United States
Last month, Merck for Mothers announced our new set of programs to reduce maternal mortality in the United States - a growing problem. Joining forces with eight national and local organizations, we’ve made an initial commitment of $6 million to help combat the rising rates of maternal deaths and severe complications in the U.S. We are working across the country in three areas: enhancing community initiatives that coordinate care for high-risk women, strengthening data collection and case reviews, and implementing standard approaches for managing obstetric emergencies. To learn more, here is a sampling of the news coverage of the announcement from Reuters and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Assessing the Impact of Saving Mothers, Giving Life
This fall, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health completed a strategic evaluation, supported by Merck for Mothers, on the implementation of Saving Mothers, Giving Life to help guide public-private partnerships in health. The report examines activities carried out in Uganda and Zambia over the past year, as well as the overall functioning of the Saving Mothers partnership. Highlights include successful strategies to encourage facility-based childbirth (up by 82% in Uganda and 44% in Zambia) and increase health facilities’ capacity to provide quality maternal health services (more than 500 health providers trained in emergency obstetric and newborn care).
Convening our Partners
This month, Merck for Mothers convened our partners around the world to share learnings from our joint efforts in 2013 and further strengthen programs in 2014. Partners discussed emerging topics in the field such as social franchising for maternal healthcare, developing quality standards, measurement of quality intrapartum care, incorporating the community in program design, accreditation of private health providers, and approaches to sustainability.
Highlighting Our Work: Redesigned Website
The Merck for Mothers website now has a new look and feel. We invite you to explore its many new features: fact sheets on our programs, infographics, links to our partners’ great work, photos, resources, and news coverage. Learn more about the initiative and how we are collaborating with an impressive array of partners to reduce maternal mortality around the world.
2013 has been an action-packed year for Merck for Mothers with the launch of programs in India, Senegal, the U.S., and Zambia. We look forward to building on this momentum in 2014 and updating you on our progress. Thank you for your continued support, involvement, and feedback. Happy holidays!
The Merck for Mothers Team