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Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that Merck for Mothers has launched programs aimed at decreasing the number of women across the United States who die from or suffer severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
The maternal mortality rate in this country has nearly doubled since 1990, despite significant progress in reducing rates globally. In addition, more than 50,000 women a year in the United States – one every 10 minutes – nearly die from a severe complication they experience during pregnancy or childbirth.
“The rate of maternal mortality is increasing here in the United States. The tragedy is that many of these deaths are actually preventable,” said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck. “Merck is working with partners around the globe to help improve the situation everywhere, including in the United States, to create a world where no woman dies while giving life.”
With work already under way in more than 20 countries including Brazil, India, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia, Merck for Mothers is now working in the United States to address the following areas:
In the United States, Merck for Mothers is partnering with: the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II; the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; Baltimore Healthy Start; California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative; Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Maternity Care Coalition; and the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership.
About Merck for Mothers
Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman has to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Drawing on the company's history of discovering innovative, life-saving medicines and vaccines, Merck for Mothers is applying Merck's scientific and business expertise – as well as its financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to reduce maternal mortality around the world. For more information, visit www.merckformothers.com and connect with us on Facebook.
Merck for Mothers Collaborations in the U.S.
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Jennifer Allen Woodruff