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.

“Merck More Than a Father” is a twin campaign of Merck More Than a Mother, which focuses on Fertility being a Shared Responsibility as infertility affects both men and women equally. About half of the causes of infertility are due to or include male factors.

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La Fondation Merck et La Première Dame du Ghana ont annoncé les gagnants des Prix de la Mode « Merck Plus Qu’une Mère » pour briser la stigmatisation liée à l'infertilité

Les gagnants ont eu l'occasion d'exposer leurs créations lors du défilé de mode organisé lors de la 6e édition de « Merck Africa Asia Luminary ».

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Merck Foundation together with Chad First Lady release a children story as part of “More Than a Father”

“Merck More Than a Father” started in 2018 by raising awareness about male infertility prevention and management and breaking the stigma round infertile couples.

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Rasha Kelej, the CEO of Merck Foundation makes it to the list of 100 Most Influential Africans 2019, for empowering many women through Merck More Than a Mother Movement

This recognition will motivate me to do more. It is my turn now to empower other women in my beautiful continent, I promise to use my influence and experience to support women and girls as much as I can, says Dr Rasha Kelej.

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Empowering Women by Songs: Strategy to Confront Africa’s Challenges

Art is a purposeful message that addresses human spirit and increases awareness in communities.

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Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans for her poignant #MoreThanAMother campaign, which has touched many hearts in 2019.

Dr. Kelej has been recognized for her efforts to empower women in general and infertile women in particular through the “Merck More Than a Mother” campaign, which is a strong movement that aims to empower women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets.

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Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Ghana launches a story to teach children and youth family values of love and respect- Kofi’s Story

The story of Kofi is a story of a husband and wife couldn’t have children but they never lost love or respect for each here to know more

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