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‘Merck for Mothers’ seeks to raise awareness about maternal mortality

September 20, 2011
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NEW YORK — Pharmaceutical giant Merck will join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of state at the UN later today to launch “Merck for Mothers,” a long-term effort with global health partners to create a world where no woman has to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, according to a press release.

The launch includes a 10-year, $500 million initiative to make proven solutions more widely available, develop new technologies and improve public awareness, policy efforts and private sector engagement for maternal mortality.

Merck President and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier will make the launch announcement during the UN''s Every Woman Every Child high level event.

“Companies are often treated with suspicion when they enter the realm of global development, but they are playing a central role in improving the lives of women and children. Every Woman Every Child has shown what can be achieved through close cooperation among the UN, governments and the private sector,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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