Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator, Rasha Kelej, on being nominated as “The African Woman of the Year 2020”


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I am honored to be nominated The African Woman of the Year 2020 by New African Woman magazine, UK to acknowledge my efforts and dedication to advocate for women empowerment and healthcare capacity building especially during these challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to those who believed in me.

I am also very honored to be appointed by The President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, as a member of the Egyptian Senate ( 2020-2025) to help to strengthen collaboration and partnership between Egypt and the rest of Africa with the aim to continue our contribution to the social, economic and health development of our beautiful continent.

Moreover, I will continue my mission to empower other women and improve access to equitable and quality healthcare in Africa and developing countries. It is my personal commitment.

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Kind regards,

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
Member of the Egyptian Senate (2020-2025)
Most Influential African (2019 & 2020)
African Woman of The Year 2020



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