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Merck Launches Maternal Health Awareness Campaign, Once Upon A Birth, With Actress Melissa Joan Hart

"As part of Merck's ongoing efforts to reduce the rates of maternal mortality across the world, we hope to galvanize the American public around this issue," said Naveen Rao, M.D., Lead, Merck for Mothers. "All of us can play a role in getting women the maternal care they need."

How To Get Involved

For every mother who's given birth, there's a story to be told. Merck invites you to visit the Merck for Mothers Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MerckforMothers, to learn more about this issue and join Melissa Joan Hart in sharing a birth memory of the day someone you love was born. Each story will trigger a donation from Merck to Join My Village, an innovative social change initiative that empowers women and girls in developing countries by increasing their access to health programs, and educational and economic opportunities through the humanitarian organization CARE.

Making a Difference Through Merck for Mothers

The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seek to address the world's greatest development priorities, with MDG 5 focused on reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent by 2015. With this goal lagging the furthest behind, Merck has joined the global effort and made a long-term commitment to the issue.

Drawing on Merck's history of discovering innovative, life-saving medicines and vaccines, Merck for Mothers is applying the company's scientific and business expertise – as well as our financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to reduce maternal mortality around the world.

Survey Methodology     

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Merck in September 2012 among 2,282 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, including 1,382 mothers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Jennifer Allen Woodruff at (908) 423-6301.

About Merck

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well.  Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions.  We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Merck Forward-Looking Statement

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger between Merck and Schering-Plough, including future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Merck's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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