Merck‘s Merck for Mothers this week announced that it has launched programs in the United States to help decrease the number of women who die from or suffer severe complications related to pregnancy and 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.”
The maternal death rate in the United States has nearly doubled since 1990, despite significant progress in reducing rates globally. Merck for Mothers already works in more than 20 countries, including Brazil, India, Senegal and Uganda. Now it has added the U.S. to the list and has made an additional initial commitment of $6 million as well as business and scientific expertise.
The United States focus areas include enhancing community initiatives that coordinate care for high-risk women, implementing standard approaches to address obstetric emergencies and strengthening data collection and reviews on why maternal deaths are occurring and how to improve practices.
Read more and see Merck for Mothers’ U.S. partners here.