Protecting Motherhood and Enhancing Capacity
Our partnership with the Merck Foundation began with a focus on people and a need for increased capacity and knowledge for our global social franchising programs. As the first nonprofit partner to work with the Richard T. Clark Fellowship, a three-month international corporate volunteer program, we have received support from 15 Merck employees. Fellows have spent three months between our Washington, DC, headquarters and country offices learning about, advising, and gaining valuable insights on –franchise opportunities, that are shared with us and Merck. Building on this support, Merck founded the MSD for Ugandan Mothers Program (MUM) in partnership with formed a partnership with PSI and our network member in Uganda, PACE. The program aims to improve private sector quality, accessibility and affordability of maternal healthcare in some of the poorest and hardest to reach villages of Uganda. Merck is also supporting us in Vietnam to ensure most-at-risk populations gain access to prevention and treatment services for Hepatitis C.