PERSPECTIVES ON MATERNAL HEALTH

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers, May 2018

This article was originally published on May 22 to nextbillion.net.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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