Every two minutes, a woman dies during pregnancy and child- birth. Most of these deaths are preventable when women have access to quality maternal healthcare. Merck tapped Rabin Martin, to launch Merck for Mothers—a 10-year, $500 million initiative that has improved access to quality maternal health-
care for more than six million women around the world, strengthened
over 2,600 health facilities and trained over 10,000 health workers.
For more than 100 years, Merck, Sharp
& Dohme has been at the forefront of global
health. Building on its pioneering work to
eradicate river blindness, prevent cervical
cancer, and address barriers to HIV/AIDS
care, Merck sought a next generation global
health signature initiative for the newly expanded company.
In 2011, Merck’s CEO and Executive Committee asked Rabin Martin how the company
could uniquely contribute to the public health
needs of new markets. Rabin Martin designed,
and is now implementing this global initiative
across 30 countries in collaboration with over
90 partners, including the World Health Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
“Our support for Merck for Mothers is a
strong example of how Rabin Martin works
at the intersection of private sector capabili-
ties and unmet global health needs,” Jeffrey
L. Sturchio, President & CEO, Rabin Martin.
“This ability to bridge the gap between the
private and public sectors is one of the firm’s
core strengths and greatest differentiators.”
Maternal mortality has been a neglected
global health challenge—with slow gains and
no private sector leadership, Sturchio says.
“Helping Merck bring a fresh perspective
and business mindset to accelerate progress
and make a difference for women around the
world continues to inspire us each day.”
The firm’s team is drawn from a wide
range of business, public health, policy, ad-
vocacy and communications backgrounds.
“Merck for Mothers is a complex, multi-year
initiative with many partners and program
sites that allows our team members to lever-
age their knowledge and lean on each oth-
er’s skillsets to create innovative programs,
measure progress, and communicate success
at a local, national and global level,” he says.
Q&A: What does winning a Social &
Community Investment award mean to
you, your firm and your employees?
Sturchio: “We believe that good health
leads to stronger communities and
more prosperous societies. This belief is
expressed in our mission, the client work
that we take on, our employee volunteerism,
and our role advocating for critical health
issues. We are honored to be recognized
by Consulting Magazine for our work with
Merck for Mothers. We are excited about
the impact private sector capabilities can
have on addressing unmet public health
needs and supporting our clients to
become leaders in the evolving landscape
of health around the world.”