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MSD for Mothers at Women Deliver: Spotlight on Innovation and Partnership


There’s no one single solution to ending maternal mortality…but if you get the right partners together, with the right passion and commitment, we can do this.”
– Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, MSD for Mothers


Last week, MSD for Mothers, its partners and other global health thought leaders came together to drive progress in maternal, sexual and reproductive health at Women Deliver – one of the largest global women’s health conferences taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. MSD for Mothers hosted and participated in a variety of sessions to showcase the critical role of the private sector in helping to reduce maternal mortality, highlighting unique multi-sector partnerships and innovations to advance maternal health in Europe and around the world.

Special events included:

Sponsored Concurrent Session

Whose Business is it Anyway? Moderated by MSD for Mothers Executive Director Dr. Priya Agrawal, expert panelists shared successful examples of how entrepreneurs and healthcare providers are embracing private sector principles to deliver affordable, quality maternal healthcare while sustaining and growing a thriving business. Learn more.

The interactive session inspired lively debate amongst the panelists, the notes of which were captured in an artistic visual displayed in the main Conference hall. Click here for a larger view of the visual.

GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards

MSD for Mothers Lead, Dr. Naveen Rao, and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

MSD for Mothers Lead, Dr. Naveen Rao, accepted the 2016 Business Action on Health Award for Women & Girls. MSD for Mothers was recognized for its contributions and impact on global maternal health.

European Parliamentary Forum

Dr. Agrawal joined HRH Princess Sarah Zeid and Beth Schlachter, Executive Director of Family Planning 2020 in engaging more than 50 Members of Parliament from around the world. Together, they spoke about new avenues to create change and improvement in the lives of millions of women and girls, with maternal health as a top priority.

Globally, MSD for Mothers has made significant strides in the past five years, and together with our partners and continued collaboration and innovation, we are on a mission to improve access to quality maternal healthcare for more women worldwide. In just over three years, we have launched more than 50 programs in 30 countries, working with more than 75 partners on new and creative ways to save women’s lives. Maternal mortality is a multi-faceted problem that demands a multi-sector approach, which is why we are proud to be working alongside governments, multi-lateral organizations, researchers and health workers on the frontlines in a united fight to help #EndMaternalMortality.