Reducing racial disparities
At Ferring, we are committed to building families of every shape and size, and we believe that no woman should die while giving life. Without gender equality, racial justice and health equality, we will never achieve these goals. In our core area of fertility, black women and couples continue to be underserved. Women are underrepresented in medical research and clinical trials; this is even more pronounced if you are black, a member of an indigenous population or poor. Women in these communities are also more likely to have a poorer experience of healthcare during pregnancy, birth and post-delivery, experiencing higher levels of complications and mortality. Giving birth as a black woman is far more dangerous than giving birth as a white woman. Women in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia account for approximately 85% of global maternal deaths. In the U.S., Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.
At Ferring, we have committed to playing a role in tackling these inequalities, in particular through our heat-stable Carbetocin Ferring, aiming to reduce maternal mortality in low and lower-middle income countries. We are proud of this commitment but recognise that there is clearly much more to be done. Addressing disparities involves exposing structural disparity across societies, education systems, healthcare systems and organisations. While these challenges may seem too big to solve, we believe that change starts with each of us, and with our own organisation.
Racial equality research grants
As a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, we are determined to play our part in reducing racial disparities in maternal mortality and to improving in vitro fertilization (IVF), pregnancy and post-partum outcomes for Black communities, Indigenous communities and all communities of colour.
At Ferring, we are committed to building families and helping people live better lives. At the core of Ferring’s mission is our work to deliver better outcomes at every stage of the reproductive journey, from conception to birth. As part of that commitment, Ferring is launching a new grants programme to better understand and, ultimately, drive solutions to tackle racial disparities in reproductive medicine and maternal health. The Ferring Innovation Grants Programme for Racial Equality in Reproductive Medicine and Maternal Health aims to fund projects in basic and translational research, clinical research, epidemiology and prevention research and social science research.
Learn more about our grants programme