MeRck More Than a Mother


No to Infertility Stigma

“Merck More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign 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, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists 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 local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.

The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana;
H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi;
H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic;
H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad;
H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville;
H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana;

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia;
H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry;
H.E. H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia;
H.E. DR. MAESAIAH THABANE, The First Lady of Lesotho;
H.E. KEÏTA AMINATA MAIGA, The First Lady of Mali;
H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique;
H.E. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia;
H.E FATIMA MAADA, The First Lady of Sierra Leone;
H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe;
H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia.


Partnership with Government; 42 Ministries of Health, Education, Gender & Information and Academia. Merck Foundation has so far educated & trained 140 fertility specialists and embryologists from 35 countries*

  • Trained 1000 media
  • Created more than 17 songs
  • Millions of women benefitted from the campaign
  • <2 Million followers on social media

*Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, CAR, Cote D'IVOIRE, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malaysia, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, The Gambia, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Latest Updates

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The First Lady of Burundi releases a song to contribute to Merck More Than a Mother and Break Infertility Stigma

The song and video have been composed, sung and produced by The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA

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Rasha Kelej Talks about Merck Foundation's efforts to empower Women and Youth

I am very happy that we are marking the International Women’s Day in Niger this day, with Her Excellency the First Lady of Niger, to underscore our long-term commitment to empowering women in Niger and across Africa through Merck more than a mother.

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Merck Foundation and Manipal Academy of Higher Education signs MoU to Train Embryologists from Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation connects Africa to India, to build the fertility care capacity in the African And Asian continents.

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Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2018

Merck Foundation recently announced the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2017

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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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From Kenya to Uganda: “Merck More than a Mother” campaign marks International Women’s Day

As the world marks the International Women’s Day this week, Merck launched its “More than a Mother” Campaign for the first time in Uganda to empower infertile women through improving access to information and healthcare and change of mind set

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