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Merck recognizes the importance of mothers not only in May, but every day.

We know that when a mother thrives, her family, community and nation thrive. And that’s why we are committed to a vision where no woman dies giving life. In 2011, we created Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative that applies our scientific and business expertise – as well as our financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to reduce maternal mortality worldwide.

So far, in just over three years, Merck for Mothers and its partners around the globe have helped improve access to quality maternal healthcare and family planning services for an estimated 3.5 million women in 30 countries.

Merck employees have also contributed to this important work through company-wide efforts supporting maternal health. This month, employees across the company have volunteered to host events, including assembling post-natal kits to provide much needed items to new mothers in Uganda, and hosting used cell phone drives to provide mobile health technology to countries where maternal health rates are among the worst in the world.

The Meaning of a Mother

Our Commitment to Families

For 28 years, Working Mother  magazine has compiled its Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, based on employees’ ratings of their companies’ family-friendly programs and company culture. Because of the tools, programs and resources offered to Merck employees, we are proud to have made that list 27 times.

Our work-life programs and resources help employees manage their well-being and productivity in both their professional and personal lives. Daisy Richardson, director, Analytical Method Development of Biologics, shares that her career with Merck has allowed her to thrive in two of her most important roles: as a mother of two and a scientist.

“My two girls are my biggest sources of motivation to come to work every day,” she says. “It’s really important for me to show…my kids that women can be leaders in science, and they can be technically strong, and they can succeed. I think Merck really supports women in science.”

We at Merck are committed to discovering better ways to make a difference in everything we do, from the health and happiness of our employees to how to best bring better healthcare and innovative health solutions to millions of people across the developing – and developed – world. This May, we honor mothers and the people who endeavor to make motherhood a safe, healthy, and joyful experience everywhere.



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