3rd Quarter 2013
We are pleased to update you on the recent progress of Merck for Mothers.
Improving Maternity Homes in Zambia
Merck for Mothers is pleased to announce three new partnerships, focused on the role of maternity homes in helping reduce maternal mortality in Zambia. Our partners are Africare (in collaboration with the University of Michigan), Jhpiego (in collaboration with the Imagine Rural Development Initiative), and Boston University (with local affiliate Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development). Together, we are developing new, entrepreneurial models of maternity homes so pregnant women in remote parts of the country have easier access to a health facility to help ensure a safe delivery. This effort is part of Saving Mothers, Giving Life, our public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.
Highlighting Progress on Saving Mothers, Giving Life
After its first full year of operations, Saving Mothers, Giving Life has just issued a new Program Update that reports impressive results in both Uganda and Zambia. The update features recent data on the impact Saving Mothers has had on essential maternal health services such as cesarean section deliveries, blood transfusions, and maintaining a steady supply of life-saving drugs to treat complications. You can also read about innovations in both countries ("Updates from the Field"), including how a Saving Mothers radio campaign in Uganda is encouraging men to play a more active role in preparing for childbirth.
Joining the Conversation at the UN General Assembly
This month, we are once again joining global leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York to advocate for sustained attention to maternal health issues. We are speaking about different facets of Merck for Mothers at a number of events, including 1) White Ribbon Alliance's "Citizens Voices" panel discussion, highlighting the importance of engaging women and communities in achieving high-quality, respectful maternity care; 2) Center for Global Health and Diplomacy's conference to catalyze action in global health; and 3) "Lives on the Line: How we can save 4.6 million women and children in less than 1,000 days," hosted by Family Care International, Save the Children, World Vision, PATH, and Women Deliver. We look forward to reporting back on this exciting week of events!
A New Tool to Guide Investments in Maternal Health Innovations
Last month, PATH launched a Strategic Prioritization Tool – developed with funding from Merck for Mothers – to assess the potential life-saving impact of various maternal health technologies. This resource is designed to help guide researchers, donors, and others about investing wisely in health innovations. In addition, as part of our ongoing collaboration, PATH recently published detailed assessments of nearly 40 maternal health technologies that address the two leading causes of maternal death – postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia. We invite you to learn more about this work here.
Thank you for your continued interest in Merck for Mothers. We look forward to updating you on additional progress later this year!