On Sept. 20, 2011, Merck President and CEO Ken Frazier announced Merck's 10-year commitment to creating a world where no woman has to die giving life.
Merck joins the global fight to help save women's lives.
"Merck for Mothers" is a long-term effort with global health partners to create a world where no woman has to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
The launch includes a 10-year, half-billion-dollar initiative that applies Merck's scientific and business expertise to making proven solutions more widely available, developing new game-changing technologies and improving public awareness, policy efforts and private sector engagement for maternal mortality.
"We are joining the fight to save women who risk their lives giving birth and making it part of Merck's mission," said Merck President and CEO Ken Frazier. "'Merck for Mothers' will help us make a difference in the lives of more people in more parts of the world."
"By helping to address one of the world's oldest and most preventable global health tragedies, we believe 'Merck for Mothers' will have an important impact on society. We also believe it will provide valuable learnings to our business. We are in this fight for the long term," he added.
"Merck for Mothers" is a new way to deliver on the company's mission of saving and improving lives and is rooted in Merck's corporate responsibility approach of discovering smart, sustainable ways to expand global access to healthcare.
You can view the complete press release here.