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:
 

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“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.
 

Impact

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Latest Updates

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Merck Foundation marks World Embryologists Day through their ‘More Than a Mother’ Campaign to build fertility care capacity in Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation provides long term hands-on Embryology training to develop local Embryologists across Africa and Asia.

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Merck Foundation marks World ART (Artificial Reproductive Technology) Day by training local Embryologists and Fertility Specialists across Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation makes history by training the first African Embryologists and Fertility Experts in many countries such as; The Gambia, Burundi, Guinea, Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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Merck Foundation launches their programs in partnership with Namibia’s First Lady and Ministries of Health and Education.

Merck Foundation announces the First Lady of Namibia as Ambassador of Merck more than a Mother.

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Media

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Merck Foundation marks International Women’s Day through their Merck More Than a Mother campaign

“We at Merck Foundation celebrate Women’s Day every single day! Merck Foundation has been empowering women and girls through its programs and initiatives, 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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