Insights on Maternal Health
In our effort to listen to and learn from those closest to the tragedy of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth, we have developed a video series called "Insights on Maternal Health." Each video offers opinions and informed analysis of key maternal health issues, including discussion of innovative approaches to tackling maternal mortality. These insights have and will continue to guide Merck for Mothers in the years to come.
Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts, discusses the role of family planning in maternal health.
Esteemed musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka discusses the need for collaboration to improve maternal health.
Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, talks about the various barriers to getting essential products to the people who need them.
Dr. Farhana Dewan – an OB/GYN from Bangladesh – highlights some of the major causes of death during pregnancy and childbirth.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, highlights the "innovation pile-up" for women's health products.
Karl Hofmann, President and CEO of Population Services International, discusses the complementary roles of government, civil society, and the private sector in improving the health of women in developing countries.
Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, discusses the progress needed to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5.
Winnie Mwebesa, Senior Director for Family Planning and Reproductive Health at Save the Children, highlights the importance of improving access to life-saving products for front-line providers and ensuring they have the training to use these products appropriately.
Angela Nguku, a midwife from Kenya, emphasizes the need for greater awareness of maternal health issues.
Dr. Christine Ondoa, Health Minister of Uganda, discusses the three main delays that inhibit a woman's access to care in many parts of the developing world.
White Ribbon Alliance Executive Director Theresa Shaver conveys the need to prioritize maternal health on the global health agenda.
Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the private sector, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations.
Family Care International President Ann Starrs talks about access issues surrounding maternal health.
Stay tuned for additional insight videos in the series.