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Merck for Mothers: Helping end maternal mortality

More than a decade of strategic partnerships, private sector innovation and data-driven impact to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life

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Merck for Mothers Working to End the Tragedy of Women in America Dying in Childbirth and Pregnancy

Initial commitment of $6 million dedicated to addressing growing U.S. problem Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that Merck for Mothers has launched programs aimed at decreasing the number of women across the United States who die from or suffer severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. The maternal mortality rate in this country has nearly doubled since 1990, despite significant progress in reducing rates globally.  In addition, more than 50,000 women a year in the United States – one every 10 minutes – nearly die from a severe complication they experience during pregnancy or 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

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Merck for Mothers Launches Initiative in India to Reduce the Number of Women Dying During Pregnancy and Childbirth

$10 Million Commitment to Improve Access to Maternal Health Services in Areas with High Rates of Maternal Deaths Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that Merck for Mothers has launched its global initiative for helping reduce maternal mortality in India. It is partnering with three leading non-governmental organizations to improve the quality of healthcare that pregnant women in India receive through the private sector. Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million global initiative launched in 2011 to help create a world where no woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.  The Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (“HLFPPT”), Pathfinder International with World Health Partners (“Pathfinder”) and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood with Gram Vaani (“WRA”) together will reach nearly 500,000 pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand – areas with some of the highest rates of maternal