By: The Every Woman, Every Child Innovation Working Group Task Force on Sustainable Business Models, NORAD and Merck for Mothers (known as MSD for Mothers outside the U.S. and Canada), co-chairs; Rabin Martin, Secretariat
Fostering Healthy Businesses: Delivering Innovations in Maternal and Child Health is a culmination of extensive research – conducted by Merck for Mothers (known as MSD for Mothers outside the U.S. and Canada), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the IWG’s Task Force on Sustainable Business Models – on how local businesses are working to improve the health of women and children in developing countries. The report offers recommendations for governments, businesses, investors and other actors to catalyze and support innovative models of healthcare delivery in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable areas. It was issued during the U.N. General Assembly in September 2012 by the Every Woman, Every Child Innovation Working Group (IWG).
The IWG brings together an array of individuals from government, academia, NGOs, U.N. agencies and the private sector who seek to harness the power of partnership and innovation to advance the U.N. Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Merck for Mothers’ Dr. Naveen Rao is co-chair of the IWG’s Task Force on Sustainable Business Models, which was charged with identifying the critical elements businesses need to provide health products and services to low-income women and children while remaining afloat.