Logo: MSD for Mothers
  • Logo: MSD Inventing for Life

Making Three Months Count
Employees Reflect on Their Time Supporting for Mothers' Partner Organizations During Their Fellowship for Global Health Projects

Every day, employees contribute their scientific and business expertise to address some of the most urgent global health challenges. This year, 29 employees from 14 countries amplified 's impact even further by serving as part of the 2017 Fellowship for Global Health. Employees who participate in the program are called RTC Fellows, in honor of former Chairman and CEO Richard T. Clark and his philosophy of "passion, purpose and commitment to corporate responsibility."

The Fellowship is a three-month, field-based corporate pro bono program that embeds highly qualified employees into NGOs. During their assignments, the Fellows work side by side with NGO partners, applying the same skills they use in their day jobs to build organizational capacity and help the institutions to provide increased access to health services, products and education in the communities they serve.

This year, six employees were paired with two for Mothers partner organizations to help improve maternal health in Uganda and India.

for Mothers partnered with PSI, and its local affiliate PSI Uganda, on a project called for Ugandan Mothers (MUM) to ensure that women have access to affordable, quality maternal health products and services. Working with the organization on the ground, the Fellows applied their business expertise to increase the impact and reach of the organization's activities.

for Mothers partnered with Jhpiego, along with the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), and National Accreditation Board of Hospitals, in India to develop standards of quality care and to help private providers meet them through training, continuous quality improvement, and accreditation. Working with Jhpiego on the ground, the Fellows facilitated the establishment of a quality management system and communications plan for the Federation of OB/GYN Societies in India.

Hear from the RTC Fellows about their experiences: