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9 Apr 2015

Access to Medicine Foundation

Improving maternal health and access to contraceptives: Pharmaceutical companies’ contribution to MDG 5

Pharmaceutical companies operationalise commitments to MDG 5 with a variety of initiatives. Ten of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies are taking some action to improve access to maternal health and family planning, by making public commitments and/or implementing a range of initiatives. This includes five out of six companies with relevant products. All initiatives involve partners and the majority focus on local capacity building. With the Sustainable Development Goals due to be launched this year, this report can be used as a baseline for monitoring whether and how individual research-based pharmaceutical companies are working to improve access to maternal and reproductive health. Measuring progress against such targets is key for maintaining momentum and focus…[Refers to Astellas, Bayer, Daiichi Sankyo, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group), Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi]