Authors / Biography

Naveen Rao

Title Lead
Organization Merck for Mothers

Naveen Rao, M.D., leads Merck for Mothers, Merck and Co. Inc.'s signature initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. Dr. Rao returned to the United States in 2011 after six years in India, most recently serving as Head of Medical Affairs for Merck's Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that role, he served as Managing Director MSD Pharmaceuticals Ltd., India, a subsidiary of Merck, where he established centers of excellence in clinical research, medical affairs and regulatory affairs. Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and he chairs the Maternal Health Pillar of the MDG Health Alliance, an effort supporting UN agencies to improve the health of women and children.

Posts By Naveen Rao

Walking a Marathon to Give Birth

Every year, around 300,000 women and 2.8 newborns die during pregnancy and childbirth – more than half in sub-Saharan Africa – and many of these deaths occur because women live miles away from the care they need during childbirth and lack the transportation they need to get there.