Embracing Carers Initiative
Embracing Carers recognizes that caregivers are a critical element of the healthcare continuum. In many countries around the world, the act of caregiving disproportionately affects women, impacting their economic, emotional and physical well-being. In this intersection between supporting all caregivers, while acknowledging the unique impacts that caregiving has on women, we are actively engaged in quantifying this impact and advocating for progress on behalf of those filling this rewarding and challenging role. We have also developed a peer-to-peer Employee Resource Group for our employees who are also caregivers.
Understanding paid and unpaid work
We are working to develop policies to help reduce the health impacts of managing the dual responsibilities of paid and unpaid work on women. Our collaboration with Dr. Felicia Knaul, a renowned economist leading the examination of women’s unpaid labor, is currently focused on Canada, China, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
Understanding the Global Burden of Cancer in Women
As part of a larger partnership with the American Cancer Society, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany supported the release of a report at the 2016 World Cancer Congress focusing on the increasing impact of cancer in low- and middle-income countries, both on women’s health and their economic participation. The report emphasizes that while the societal and economic costs of cancer are considerable and even catastrophic, this burden of disease, loss of life and economic hardship is not inevitable.
Quantifying the Socio-Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Women in Europe
There are more than 700,000 people with MS in Europe, 450,000 of which are women. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany commissioned Charles River Associates to conduct research to develop evidence of the full range of impacts that MS has on the lives of women, their families, and their roles in society as well as identify policies that would improve the environment for this patient group.
This program empowers infertile women by training them to establish their own small businesses so that they can be independent and re-build their own lives. “Empowering Berna” works with women from Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Healthy Women, Healthy Economies follows the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aimed at improving women’s health and empowerment.