MSD for Mothers is a 10‐year global initiative to reduce deaths from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Working closely with governments, international organisations, health experts, and those on the front line, MSD has supported groundbreaking projects across the globe.
Maternal mortality in Europe is low compared to other parts of the world. However, look closer at the statistics and you’ll see that within the seemingly rosy picture are vast inequities, with immigrant and ethnic minority women greatly over-represented in Europe’s 1,900 maternal deaths per year. It was this realisation that spurred the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality’s founders into action. “We realised that, even if on paper minority groups have access to healthcare systems, in reality they don’t always benefit as the system is not designed for them,” says Nicholas Brooke, founder and executive officer of The Synergist, the group behind the Alliance’s formation.