“ I hope my clinic will be seen as a model maternity home in my country (Uganda). ”
For the fourth year in a row, Merck for Mothers took to the stage to shine a global spotlight on the importance of access to quality maternal health at the Women in the World Summit – an annual event that brings together leaders and advocates from around the world to advance women and girls through stories and solutions.
The panel, "Birthing New Solutions to End Maternal Mortality," was moderated by Alyse Nelson, Vital Voices' president and CEO, and featured panelists: Liya Kebede, maternal health advocate, model and founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation; Ivy Prosper, host of the Ghana TV series "The Maternal Health Channel;" Zubaida Bai, founder of AYZH, which develops health products designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality in underprivileged communities around the world; and Mary Gorret Musoke, founder of the Maria Maternity Ward and president of the Uganda Private Midwives Association.
Since 1990, maternal mortality has nearly been cut in half globally, thanks to a variety of efforts, approaches and advocates. But there is still work to be done. Maternal mortality remains too big and complex an issue for one sector to shoulder alone – it requires a coordinated effort among the government, nonprofits, and the private health sector.
> 5 MILLION WOMEN
Globally, Merck for Mothers has made significant strides over the past five years. Working with more than 75 partners in 30 countries, we have helped provide more than 5 million women with better access to quality maternal healthcare.
We are investing in two areas we believe will have the greatest impact on ending preventable maternal deaths, especially in countries with the highest maternal mortality burden:
While we have made great progress, we must continue to explore innovative ways to create a world where no woman dies giving life.
Join us to raise awareness and help #EndMaternalMortality once and for all.