Upcoming #3BLchat: Global Pro Bono is Moving the Needle on Maternal Health | Wednesday, Nov 19 at 1PM EST

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Upcoming #3BLchat: Global Pro Bono is Moving the Needle on Maternal Health | Wednesday, Nov 19 at 1PM EST

USAID, Merck for Mothers, PYXERA Global & Jacaranda Health talk about how cross-sector partnership is changing the face of maternal health

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#3BLchat #Globalprobono Moving the Needle on Maternal Health http://3bl.me/993g2t @USAIDGH @merckformothers @PYXERAGlobal Nov 19 at 1 ET
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:15pm

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Date:  Wednesday, Nov 19
Time:  1 pm, ET

According to many leading organizations in global health, including the Public Health Institute, 2014 presented 3 major megatrends in healthcare: 

  • Demand for healthcare in developing countries is soaring
  • Global pandemics will remain a serious threat
  • The role of philanthropy—including corporate—is growing

Given this increased demand for healthcare and diminishing foreign aid budgets, how can government, business, and local health clinics work together to move the needle on maternal health?  Join 3BL Media as we chat with USAID, Merck for Mothers, PYXERA Global & Jacaranda Health to explore how partnerships and global pro bono can make maternal healthcare accessible and available.

Follow this chat to discover:

  • Why it takes a cross sector approach to impact big issues like maternal health
  • What global pro bono programs like Merck’s RTC Fellowship contribute
  • How companies & government can work together for sustainable impact
  • What are the challenges in this collaboration

Please use #3BLchat to follow the live chat and include it in your tweets to join the conversation.  Also follow @3BLMedia, @USAIDGH, @MerckforMothers, @PYXERAGlobal, @jacarandakenya, and @PHIGlobalHealth to engage during the Twitter chat.

Our panelists will encourage everyone with an interest in global pro bono and maternal health to participate – especially those that may feel they are too small to make a difference or be involved.

Learn More Resources:

If you have questions to ask of our panelists BEFORE the chat on Wednesday, November 19th, or would like to share your organization’s story, please let us know via an email (see below) or with a tweet that includes #3BLchat.

To register, send this tweet:

I will join @USAIDGH @merckformothers @PYXERAGlobal #3BLchat: #Globalprobono #MovingtheNeedle http://3bl.me/993g2t Wed Nov 19 at 1 ET

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Mary Ellen Stanton, Senior Maternal Health Technical Advisor, USAID, Bureau of Global Health

Mary Ellen Stanton is Senior Maternal Health Advisor to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she guides the Global Health Bureau’s maternal health portfolio, including research and implementation of country programs. She has decades of experience in clinical nursing and midwifery, nurse-midwifery education, and international maternal child health and family planning. Her work has taken her to dozens of countries around the globe to carry out assessments and to design and evaluate maternal newborn health programs. She leads the Maternal Health Team, serves as the USAID Washington-based technical coordinator for the Afghanistan Health Program, and manages USAID’s obstetric fistula program for the Bureau for Global Health. Ms. Stanton received her B.A. from Oberlin College, B.S. from Columbia University, and M.S.N. from the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives. 

About Merck for Mothers

Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. If nothing is done an estimated three million women may die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in the next decade. Most of these deaths are preventable. While the burden falls most heavily on the developing world, certain communities in the United States and other developed nations are suffering significant and worsening rates of maternal death.

Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman has to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Drawing on the company's history of discovering innovative, life-saving medicines and vaccines, Merck for Mothers is applying Merck's scientific and business expertise - as well as its financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges - to reduce maternal mortality around the world. For more information, visit www.merckformothers.com and connect on Facebook.

Amie Newman, Director of Communications and Development, Jacaranda Health

Amie is responsible for creating and implementing the communications and development strategies at Jacaranda Health, which includes helping to amplify the impact of the organization's work globally as well as ensuring funding through a diverse set of foundations and individual donors. Amie has extensive experience in communications for global women's health issues. She is a former global digital communications strategist with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she has acted as the editor of Impatient Optimists, the blog for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this position, she served as Managing Editor/Senior Staff Writer for RH Reality Check where she helped build the award-winning digital platform for reproductive and sexual health and rights coverage. In her spare time she provides advisory and strategic communications consultation to New Moon Girls Magazine, is a writer, was a contributor to the newest edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and an associate producer for the global girls' advocacy film, PODER!

Laura Asiala, Vice President, Public Affairs, PYXERA Global

Laura Asiala is the Vice President, Public Affairs at PYXERA Global. Passionate about the power of business to solve-or help solve-the world’s most intransigent problems, she leads the efforts to attract more participation of businesses to contribute to the sustainable development, through their people and their work. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Net Impact, a community of more than 40,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace. Laura’s thirty year career in international business included roles in finance, marketing, business development, HR, branding, and communications, and corporate social responsibility.


Suzanne Madore 

3BL Media


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