Merck is expanding its Safer Childbirth Cities initiative, a multi-year effort to improve U.S. maternal health outcomes. Safer Childbirth Cities is part of Merck for Mothers, the company’s $500 million global initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die giving life. With the latest call for proposals, Safer Childbirth Cities aims to add to current efforts in 10 cities by expanding geographically to other U.S. cities and catalyzing solutions that will have the greatest impact in improving U.S. maternal health.
To help reduce maternal deaths and narrow disparities in the U.S., Merck for Mothers– Merck’s $500 million global health initiative – launched Safer Childbirth Cities. Through Safer Childbirth Cities, Merck for Mothers is providing funding support for projects in 10 cities across the country. The company recognized that if they did not put health equity at the front and center of their efforts in the U.S., they would not be able to help reverse the current maternal health trends.
The cost to end preventable maternal deaths by 2030 is an estimated $115.5 billion, according to the United Nations Population Fund. With just $11.9 billion in development assistance coming to 120 priority countries over the next 10 years, that leaves a $103.4 billion investment gap.
Co-Funders Join Merck for Mothers to Support Newly Formed City-Based Coalitions
KENILWORTH, N.J., September 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today its funding support of projects in nine cities across the country to help end preventable maternal deaths. Each project will be tailored to the needs of pregnant women in their respective city, focusing on reducing barriers to prenatal and postpartum care and addressing both the health and social factors that affect a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
Merck was recognized on PEOPLE’s third annual 50 Companies That Care list for investing $500 million to reduce preventable maternal mortality across the globe with education, tools and technologies for health care providers and moms through its Merck for Mothers program.
When we invest in maternal health, we ensure that hundreds of thousands of women survive pregnancy and childbirth. When that happens, newborns are more likely to survive, children are more likely to stay in school, women are able to make invaluable contributions to their communities and the workforce, health systems are stronger, and nations’ economies grow. Improved maternal health care sets the foundation for women, children, families, communities, and societies to thrive for generations to come.
Our company provides support to many women’s health initiatives around the world. Through Merck for Mothers, we support programs that reduce maternal mortality and improve access to quality health care for women. In addition, through our Merck Fellowship program, employees share their unique skills to advance health care around the world.
Jhpiego is one of more than 100+ partners in 30 countries with whom the Merck for Mothers initiative partners. Since 2011, the initiative has increased access to quality maternal health care and family planning services for over 7 million women.
Merck for Mothers Commits Additional $10M to Support Locally Created Solutions to Improve Maternal Health and Reduce Disparities
KENILWORTH, N.J., October 3 , 2018 /3BL Media/ – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today a new effort to support cities across the country to help women have a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth. The “Safer Childbirth Cities” initiative is intended to reduce the number of maternal deaths and life-threatening childbirth events and narrow disparities in maternal health outcomes in the U.S.
by Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers
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.