Merck for Mothers Reaches More than 30 Million Women Worldwide Through Expanded Access to Maternal Health Care

Today, Merck announced that Merck for Mothers has reached more than 30 million women through programs promoting safe, high-quality and respectful maternal health care – surpassing its goal of reaching 25 million women by 2025. Merck for Mothers is dedicated to finding solutions to end maternal mortality with over 200 programs in more than 70 countries designed to deliver on the unique maternal health needs of women around the world.

While the maternal health landscape has experienced progress in recent years, maternal mortality remains a reality for too many. According to the World Health Organization, a maternal death occurred nearly every two minutes in 2020, with almost 95% occurring in low-income or lower middle-income countries. Through Merck for Mothers, the company upholds its commitment to expanding access to health and accelerating progress toward one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal targets: to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

To advance this ambition, Merck for Mothers works closely with various public and private sector collaborators to strengthen health systems for the long-term and address the diverse needs of moms, babies and families globally.

“I am so proud of our company's long-standing commitment to our Merck for Mothers initiative, which is dedicated to improving maternal health outcomes around the world,” said Allison Goldberg, president, Merck Foundation. “Through Merck for Mothers, we have now helped more than 30 million women access high-quality, life-saving care around pregnancy and childbirth – surpassing our goal of reaching 25 million women by 2025. This milestone serves as a reminder that much work is left to be done, and we remain committed to helping create a world where no woman has to die while giving life.”

To learn more about this milestone achievement, read the company's full announcement here.