MeRck More Than a Mother

 

In some cultures, childless women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism. An inability to have a child or to become pregnant can result in being greatly isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This often results in divorce or physical and psychological violence.
 
“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care.

It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention and management. In partnership with academia, ministries of health and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.


With “Merck More than a mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.
 

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Kenya Launch Event June 2015

Launched the “More than a Mother” campaign to decrease stigmatization and social suffering infertile women in Africa: Belen Garijo, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and CEO Merck Healthcare, Joyce Lay, member of the Kenyan parliament, and Koigi Kamau from the University of Nairobi

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Merck’s Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp receives “African Alliances HE for SHE” award for women empowerment

The “Merck More than a Mother” Campaign’s contribution to empower infertile women in Africa has been recognised with the “African Alliances HE for SHE” award from African Alliances of Women Empowerment. The award given to Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KG during the 11th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs held in Egypt also recognises Merck’s efforts to empower women in the field of research and healthcare through the Merck Capacity Advancement Program and UNESCO–Merck Africa Research Summit.

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"Merck More than a Mother" Campaign: Pan African dialogue to empower infertile women

The "Merck More than a Mother" Campaign’s contribution to empower infertile women in Africa has been recognised with the “African Alliances HE for SHE” award from African Alliances of Women Empowerment. The award given to Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KG during the 11th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs held in Egypt also recognises Merck’s efforts to empower women in the field of research and healthcare through the Merck Capacity Advancement Program and UNESCO–Merck Africa Research Summit.

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Merck Foundation establishes the future embryologist platform in Africa through their “Merck More Than a Mother” for the First Time.

“Merck More Than a Mother” collaborates with ASRM to provide the future African Embryologists with certified on-line training

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"Merck More than a Mother" high level panel calls for action in Africa with African Fertility Society and global fertility experts

African Fertility Society and global fertility experts who called for action to improve access to regulated fertility care and empower infertile women in Africa through access to information, health and change of mindset.

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“Merck More than a Mother” supports Jackline Mwende

“Merck More than a Mother” supports Jackline Mwende - a victim of infertility stigma in Kenya

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