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Merck for Mothers 2017: A Year in Review

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As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to reflect and celebrate the progress we've made – alongside our partners and maternal health champions – toward creating a world where no woman dies while giving life. We can end preventable maternal deaths in our lifetime, but we can't do it alone. We want to thank all who have supported our initiative this year, from championing quality health for mothers across the globe, to partnering together to find inventive solutions to move the needle on this global challenge.

Improving Maternal Health Through Evidence-Based Programs

The Big Questions with Dr. Amy Crockett
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Why are you so passionate about maternal health?
Birth is such a powerful transition. When a woman becomes a mother, it's such an important time in her life. By positively impacting that moment—improving her health and impacting outcomes for the baby—you can change the trajectory of both their lives and the family as a whole. Being a part of that is so exciting for me.

Merck for Mothers Blog | FOR ALL MOTHERS: Bridging the Quality and Equity Gaps in Maternal Health Care

By Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
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While we have seen global maternal deaths drop by 44% since 1990, women are still dying from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth – and not just in low and middle-income countries that lack resources. Even in high-income countries, there are women who face a much higher risk of death, or grave injury because they are poor, migrants, refugees, minorities or from indigenous populations.

Merck for Mothers Blog | A Conversation with Lynsey Addario

by Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
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An important part of our mission at Merck for Mothers is to draw attention to the urgent issues affecting maternal health for women; to help raise awareness and to deepen our own understanding of what women need not just to survive pregnancy and childbirth, but to thrive. Our partnership with TIME magazine is part of that. We are proud to be a sponsor of TIME's ongoing series, Finding Home, an indepth look at what the journey to motherhood looks like for a refugee, featuring the work of award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario. Our Executive Director Mary-Ann Etiebet recently caught up with Lynsey to hear more about what she learned covering this story. The following are excerpts from that conversation.

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An important part of our mission at Merck for Mothers is to draw attention to the urgent issues affecting maternal health for women; to help raise awareness and to deepen our own understanding of what women need not just to survive pregnancy and childbirth, but to thrive. Our partnership with TIME magazine is part of that. We are proud to be a sponsor of TIME's ongoing series, Finding Home, an indepth look at what the journey to motherhood looks like for a refugee, featuring the work of award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario. Our Executive Director Mary-Ann Etiebet recently caught up with Lynsey to hear more about what she learned covering this story. The following are excerpts from that conversation.

New Merck for Mothers Blog: The Host Shining a Light on Maternal Health Around the World

The Big Questions with Ivy Prosper
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Ivy Prosper is a television host, producer and speaker. She's also an advocate for the empowerment of women and for their maternal health rights. She currently works as a producer on documentary projects telling stories in Africa. She is also developing a line of handbags and accessories where a portion of sales go towards maternal health needs in Ghana. 

What’s your connection to maternal health and how did you get involved?

Giving Midwives a Voice in Ghana

Global Health Corporate Champions support the Ghana Registered Midwives Association
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Melissa Mattoon is in Ghana, reporting on the second team of Global Health Corporate Champions—a multi-company cohort of 13 professionals from across multiple industries providing pro bono consulting services in Accra.

In the Field in Indonesia for Wireless Reach’s New Maternal and Child Health Program

By Elisabeth Best, Sustainability and Wireless Reach Program Manager
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At Qualcomm, we define sustainability as a strategy that drives long-term growth and profitability by including environmental, social and corporate governance issues in our business decisions as they relate to our key spheres of influence: our workplace, our supply chain, local communities, our industry and the public policy realm. For us, innovation isn’t just what we do; it’s who we are.

A New Approach to Care for Diabetes in Pregnancy Aims to Improve the Health of Mothers & Newborns

Innovative Partnership in India Creates New Model of Care for Gestational Diabetes in Low-Resource Settings
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Many people have heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes – but few are aware that there is another kind of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy called gestational diabetes.  Also called gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM, it affects up to 15 percent of pregnant women, but they may not know it.

Why Sustainable Development and Pregnancy Go Hand in Hand

Initiatives in Colombia and Nicaragua show new ways to improve maternal and child health while at the same time preventing type 2 diabetes risk factors.
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Here is a statistic that may not shock as many people as it should.

Eight low- and middle-income countries – India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Brazil, and Mexico – account for 55% of the global live births (70 million live births annually) as well as 55% of the global burden of diabetes (209.5 million).1)

But why is the high number of births interesting? The answer is found in the link between maternal health and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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