The world’s resources are finite. Over the next few decades the demand for energy, clean water and natural resources will increase substantially due to population growth and economic development. As a result, there will be fewer resources available to support the world’s growing needs. In addition, air and water pollution continue to adversely impact human health, causing respiratory and water-borne illnesses. At Merck, we are working to find new ways to reduce our use of natural resources and lower our environmental impacts.
We sat down with Merck for Mothers Executive Director, Dr. Mary Ann-Etiebet, to hear about the progress that has been made, why she joined the company last year, and what’s next for the global initiative.
Can you give a brief explanation of Merck for Mothers and the initiative’s goals?
Corporate Responsibility Magazine has ranked Merck #22 on its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. The list recognizes the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States.
In the year or so since ProPublica and NPR published their first article in the “Lost Mothers” series, close to 5,000 Americans have come forward with accounts of how a loved one had died – or they themselves had nearly died – during pregnancy or childbirth.
Volunteers are often the unsung heroes of the quest to promote global health and respond to disasters, but without their contributions, millions of people in some of the world’s most challenged regions would be worse off. In recognition of this crucial role, Project HOPE honored Jahn Moeller, a registered nurse from Queensland, Australia, as Volunteer of the Year, and Merck, as Corporate Partner Volunteer of the Year, celebrating a six-decades long partnership that has built health capacity worldwide.
Read the latest blog post by Merck for Mothers guest authors Mercedes Bonet, a perinatal health epidemiologist at the World Health Organization and Vanessa Brizuela, a consultant at the World Health Organization
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.
Despite it being one of the main causes of maternal death and leading to about 35,000 deaths every year, the true burden of maternal sepsis is presently unknown, due to a lack of data.
The world’s resources are finite. Over the next few decades the demand for energy, clean water and natural resources will increase substantially due to population growth and economic development. As a result, there will be fewer resources available to support the world’s growing needs. In addition, air and water pollution continue to adversely impact human health, causing respiratory and water-borne illnesses.
by Danielle Menture, Vice President, Global Safety and the Environment
In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations came together to create a plan for achieving a better future for all. Their goal is an ambitious one — they want to help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. This proposal is called “Agenda 2030” and is comprised of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define how to help create a better world. Fulfilling these SDGs will take an unprecedented effort, and for business they represent an opportunity to benefit society while growing and sustaining our business.