The Potential of Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health

Dr. Aakash Ganju, Co-Founder, Avegen, August 2018

We are smarter, faster and more efficient thanks to digital innovations. Likewise, technology can help industries provide products and services more cost effectively than ever before.


Saving Mothers, Giving Life: Reflecting on Five Years of Partnership

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, July 2018

Five years ago, Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) – a major public-private partnership – set the ambitious goal of reducing maternal mortality by half in target districts in Uganda and Zambia, and later Nigeria. Merck for Mothers is proud to have been a founding partner of SMGL and last month I participated in an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to celebrate the partnership’s achievements and reflect on what we’ve learned.


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More than 300 partners want to know – what do women and girls want most when it comes to quality health care?

Betsy McCallon, Chief Executive Officer, White Ribbon Alliance, July 2018

Since our beginnings nearly 20 years ago, White Ribbon Alliance has brought diverse partners together to advance reproductive and maternal health and rights for women and girls.


Europe Must Show Greater Commitment to the Protection of Vulnerable Pregnant Women

Gabriele Grom, MSD for Mothers Executive Ambassador, Associate Vice President for MSD for Mothers for the CEE Cluster, June 2018

It is a sad fact that the number of vulnerable pregnant women is growing in every country of the European Union and unless urgent action is taken, women will continue to die unnecessarily.


Celebrating Fathers as Life-saving Sources of Support

Dr. Neel Shah, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, June 2018

As an obstetrician, my job is to focus on moms and babies. But one of my favorite parts of childbirth is the look on a new dad’s face at the precise moment he sees his baby for the first time.


In Pursuit of Universal Health Care: Time to Take Public-Private Partnership to the Next Level

Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers, May 2018

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Solving the Distance Problem to Reduce Maternal Mortality: The Mothers' Shelter Alliance

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, April 2018

Less than 60 percent of all women in rural Zambia deliver their babies in clinics or hospitals. And half of all Zambian women who give birth live further than 25 kilometers or 15 miles from facilities that offer basic emergency services.


Assessing and Addressing Maternal Sepsis

Mercedes Bonet, Perinatal Health Epidemiologist, WHO
Vanessa Brizuela, Consultant, WHO, April 2018

Every pregnant or recently pregnant woman is at risk of an infection that could trigger maternal sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs.


UHC – Making 'Health for All' a Reality

Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), March 2018

Toyin Saraki, Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), is focused on strengthening primary healthcare across Nigeria and move toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC).


A Note from Dr. Etiebet: Reflections from WEF 2018

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, February 2018

The MSD for Mothers team recently returned from the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, where we joined leaders from business, government, civil society and academia in discussions around the theme, "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World."


How a project helping mothers in India could help save the world

Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers, January 2018

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Turning Personal Tragedy into Meaningful Change

Ryan Hansen, January 2018

Tara and I got married in 2008, and she became pregnant in 2010. Throughout the process, all the doctor’s appointments, everything had been going well. On March 25, 2011, she gave birth to our son, Brandon, and then six days later she passed away from an infection.


Leading a Global Coalition of Mothers Dedicated to Social Good

Jennifer James, Founder of Social Good Moms, December 2017

There needs to be more finances put towards maternal health, there needs to be more education put towards maternal health, and there needs to be a lot more compassionate care for women who are pregnant because it's such a vital and important time for women.


Pregnant and On the Run: We Must Do Better To Protect Refugees On Their Journeys To Motherhood

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, November 2017

By taking better care of mothers, we increase the chances that her children stay healthy, get educated and reach their full potential; that they go on to contribute to, or even transform society for good. Saving mothers should be a priority for every country.


The Traveling Doctor Dedicated to Uplifting Women

Dr. Nita Landry, Board Certified OB/GYN and Co-host on the Emmy Award Winning TV Show, "The Doctors", November 2017

We have to have more open, honest conversations about which maternal care issues need to be improved. Once we have the conversations and identify the problems, then we can actually start to implement the changes that have to be made for us to see the progress that we need, want, and deserve.


Improving Maternal Health Through Evidence-Based Programs

Dr. Amy Crockett, October 2017

Birth is such a powerful transition. When a woman becomes a mother, it's such an important time in her life. By positively impacting that moment—improving her health and impacting outcomes for the baby—you can change the trajectory of both their lives and the family as a whole.


FOR ALL MOTHERS: Bridging the Quality and Equity Gaps in Maternal Health Care

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, October 2017

While we have seen global maternal deaths drop by 44% since 1990, women are still dying from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth – and not just in low and middle-income countries that lack resources.


A Conversation with Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario and Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, September 2017

An important part of our mission at Merck for Mothers is to draw attention to the urgent issues affecting maternal health for women; to help raise awareness and to deepen our own understanding of what women need not just to survive pregnancy and childbirth, but to thrive.


Inside the Life of a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Barb Dehn, August 2017

I started my career in pediatric intensive care. Seeing some really difficult conditions that children had to deal with in that environment led me to want to want to work in prevention.


The Host Shining a Light on Maternal Health Around the World

Ivy Prosper, August 2017

I was the host and roving reporter for a television series that aired in Ghana and parts of West Africa called The Maternal Health Channel Television Series. We traveled across the country documenting stories of women who had either lost their lives or suffered complications during childbirth.


One Man’s Sense of Duty to Help End Maternal Mortality

Matt Logelin, June 2017

In 2008, my wife, Liz, was pregnant and we were looking forward to having our first child, our daughter Madeline. I was incredibly excited about becoming a father. Like many soon-to-be parents, I was nervous, too.


Mother. Media Veteran. Voice for the Voiceless.

Julie Gichuru, May 2017

Personally, my first two pregnancies were normal and easy. Then I went into my third, fourth and fifth, and each of those pregnancies were wrought with challenges. If it wasn't for healthcare workers, nurses, hospital facilities and my doctor, I don't believe that I would be alive today. It hit me hard that I was privileged to have this access. If I did not have this access, as many don't, I may have died and wouldn't have been there for my children.


Taking Quality Improvement to the Next Level: How Our "Golden" Public-private Partnership is Advancing Maternal Health Care in India and Providing Lessons for Other Countries

Dr. Hema Divakar, FOGSI Ambassador to the Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, April 2017

Many travelers to India, my home country, seek out the "golden triangle" that is Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – three distinct destinations, each place offering something different and beautiful and essential to the visitor's experience.


Reflections From My First 100 Days at Merck For Mothers

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, March 2017

A few weeks into my new role as Executive Director for Merck for Mothers I found myself front row and center at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, a proud moment for Merck and our 10-year, $500 million initiative to end preventable maternal deaths. It was at Davos that we announced our $10 million commitment to the Global Financing Facility (GFF), a multi-stakeholder partnership hosted by the World Bank that finances country-led efforts to improve maternal and child health.



We can end preventable maternal deaths in our lifetime, but we can’t do it alone. Together, we are inventing programs, partnerships, and solutions to move the needle on this global challenge. Join us.