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The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation
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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej congratulating winners from African countries for Merck Foundation ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards 2020

Big congratulations to all the winners again and we look forward to a long-term contribution to further raise awareness and be the voice of the voiceless, particularly during such a global health pandemic.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej announcing the winners of ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for Latin American Countries

Big congratulations to all the winners again and we look forward to a long-term contribution to further raise awareness and be the voice of the voiceless, particularly during such a global health pandemic.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on the inauguration of the first public IVF Center in Niger.

I am proud that Merck Foundation supported the fertility care capacity building and trained the first fertility specialists and embryologists to work in the first IVF / ART center in Niger.

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Message from Rasha Kelej on the release of ‘ABC & 123’ song to support children’s education in general and Girls’ education in specific.

I have produced this song myself as a message from Merck Foundation to support children’s education and gender equality in education

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej congratulating 96 doctors on their selection for PG One-year Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and inviting them to the 7th Merck Africa Asia Luminary 2020 via videoconference.

The objectives of the meeting are to discuss the challenges and solutions to build fertility care capacity and define interventions to improve access to quality and equitable Fertility Care Solutions and break the stigma around infertility and Infertile Women in Africa and Asia.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on the First Digital Summit of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) 2020

I am proud to share that I, together with Prof. Frank Stangenberg -Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees, have hosted our first Video Conference Summit of the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) on 31st August 2020.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej expressing solidarity with Sudan over devastating floods

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sudan in these challenging times. #SudanCan overcome all challenges as usual.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on Africa being declared as wildpolio free

I am proud that Merck Foundation is at the forefront of building health capacity in the beautiful continent, and I truly value the efforts of the health workers to eradicate the virus from Africa.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur le partenariat fructueux avec la Première Dame du Botswana qui a ouvert des possibilités de formation spécialisée pour35 médecins du pays; renforcement des capacités des soins de santé et de la réponse au COVID19 dans le pays

Je suis impatient de poursuivre notre partenariat à long terme et de continuer à fournir une formation médicale aux médecins du Botswana dans diverses spécialités médicales dans le but de bâtir une armée médicale forte en Afrique et dans le Sud.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on sudden demise of H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, The President of Burundi.

Our hearts and thoughts are with H.E Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of Burundi says Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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Mensagem da Dra Rasha Kelej sobre a Primeira Cimeira Digital da Iniciativa das Primeiras Damas da Fundação Merck (MFFLI) 2020

Tenho a honra de partilhar que o Prof. Frank Stangenberg -Haverkamp, ​​Presidente do Conselho Executivo da E. Merck KG e do Conselho de Curadores da Merck Foundation e eu acolhemos a nossa primeira Conferência de Cúpula em Vídeo Conferência da Iniciativa das Primeiras Damas da  Fundação Merck (MFFLI  ) que teve lugar no dia 31 de Agosto de 2020

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur l'inauguration du premier centre public de FIV au Niger

Je suis fier que la Fondation Merck ait soutenu le renforcement des capacités des soins de fertilité et formé les premiers spécialistes de fertilité et embryologistes à travailler dans le premier centre de FIV / TPA au Niger.

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A Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on World Environment Day 2020

#WorldEnvironmentDay2020

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur le Premier Sommet Numérique de l’Initiative des Premières Dames de la Fondation (MFFLI) 2020

Je suis fière de partager que, avec le Prof. Frank Stangenberg -Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees, j'ai accueilli notre premier Sommet de Vidéoconférence de l’Initiative des Premières Dames de la Fondation (MFFLI) le 31 août 2020

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej, PDG de la Merck Foundation, suite au décès soudain de S.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, président du Burundi.

Nos coeurs et nos pensées sont avec S.E. Denise Nkurunziza, Première Dame du Burundi, a déclaré le Dr Rasha Kelej.

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Mensagem de felicitação da Dra. Rasha Kelej aos 96 médicos pela sua seleção para o Diploma PG de um ano em Medicina Sexual e Reprodutiva e convidando-os para a 7a edição da Luminária Merck Africa Asia 2020 por videoconferência.

Os objetivos da reunião são discutir os desafios e soluções para construir a capacidade de cuidados de fertilidade e definir intervenções para melhorar o acesso a soluções de cuidados de fertilidade equitativas e de qualidade e quebrar o estigma em torno da infertilidade e mulheres com infertilidade em África e na Ásia.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej félicitant 96 médecins pour leur sélection pour le diplôme d'un an en médecine sexuelle et reproductive et les invitant à la 7e édition de ‘Merck Africa Asia Luminary’ 2020 par vidéoconférence.

Les objectifs de la réunion sont de discuter des défis et des solutions pour renforcer la capacité de soins de fertilité et définir des interventions pour améliorer l'accès à des solutions de soins de fertilité de qualité et équitables et briser la stigmatisation autour de l'infertilité et des femmes infertiles en Afrique et en Asie.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on being recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2020

I promise to continue to empower women, support girl education and build healthcare capacity in Africa, Asia and beyond, says Dr. Rasha Kelej

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A message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on her new song by singers from 11 African countries to support medical workers during Coronavirus battle

This song is to acknowledge their great sacrifice during these tough times in Africa and across the world under the umbrella of an initiative, “Separated but Connected “.

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Mensagem da Dra. Rasha Kelej no programa da TV ‘PORQUE EU QUERO SER’, lançado em parceria com a Primeira Dama do Gana e a UNFPA

Este programa visa permitir que as meninas permaneçam na escola até concluírem o ensino médio e possibilitar a transformação positiva da sociedade.

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Mensagem da Dra. Rasha Kelej pelo reconhecimento como uma das 100 Mulheres Africanas Mais Influentes em 2020

Prometo continuar a empoderar as mulheres, apoiar a educação das meninas e construir a capacidade de saúde em África, Ásia e além.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, about supporting African governments strategy to save the people's living and livelihood with the aim to integrate to the Covid-19 combat strategy.

Merck Foundation announced today providing support and food supplies for 500 families of casual and daily workers in Egypt in collaboration with ORMAN foundation

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Message de Rasha Kelej sur la sortie de la chanson « ABC & 123 » pour soutenir l’éducation des enfants en général et celle des filles en particulier

J'ai produit cette chanson comme message de la Fondation Merck pour soutenir l’éducation des enfants et l’égalité des sexes dans l’éducation

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Mensagem de felicitações da Dra. Rasha Kelej aos vencedores de países africanos dos Prémios de Jornalismo 'Fique em Casa' da Merck Foundation 2020

Parabéns a todos os vencedores novamente e esperamos receber uma contribuição de longo prazo para aumentar a conscientização e ser a voz dos sem voz, especialmente durante esta pandemia global de saúde.

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Mensagem da Dra. Rasha Kelej sobre o lançamento da música ‘ABC & 123’ para apoiar a educação infantil em geral e a educação das meninas em particular

Eu mesma produzi esta música como uma mensagem da Fundação Merck para apoiar a educação das crianças e a igualdade de género na educação

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation appreciating all the healthcare workers, local communities and governments around the world who are on the frontline working towards containing this coronavirus.

Stay safe during this unsettling time. We appreciate the power of Physical distancing. It is our shared responsibility.”

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Mensaje del Dr. Rasha Kelej anunciando los ganadores de los premios de reconocimiento de medios "Stay at Home" para países de América Latina

Muchas felicitaciones a todos los ganadores y esperamos conseguir una contribución duradera de cada uno de ustedes para seguir concienciando y ser la voz de los que no tienen voz, especialmente durante una pandemia sanitaria como la que padecemos.

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Mensagem de solidariedade da Dra. Rasha Kelej por ocasião das inundações devastadoras no Sudão

Os nossos pensamentos e orações estão com o Sudão nestes momentos difíceis.  #O Sudan pode superar todas as dificuldades normalmente.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on the successful partnership with the First Lady of Botswana that has unlocked specialized training opportunities for 35 local doctors; strengthening healthcare capacity and COVID 19 response in the country

I am looking forward to continuing our long-term partnership and continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and the global South.

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Mensagem da Dra. Rasha Kelej sobre a inauguração do primeiro Centro de FIV público no Níger

Estou orgulhosa que a Fundação Merck apoiou a capacitação no tratamento de fertilidade e treinou os primeiros especialistas em fertilidade e embriologistas para trabalhar no primeiro centro de fertilização em vitro / ART no Níger.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej exprimant sa solidarité avec le Soudan face aux inondations dévastatrices

Nos pensées et nos prières accompagnent le Soudan en ces temps difficiles. #SudanCan, le Soudan peut surmonter tous les défis comme au passé.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on Community donations provided in Liberia to support livelihood of women and casual workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown.

Merck Foundation together with the FL of Liberia Foundation, extend support to around 1600 people living with disability and casual workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown

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Mensagem do Dr. Rasha Kelej anunciando os vencedores do Prêmio de Reconhecimento de Mídia "Fique em Casa" para os Países da América Latina

Parabéns a todos os vencedores e esperamos receber uma contribuição de longo prazo para elevar ainda a conscientização e ser a voz dos sem voz, principalmente durante essa pandemia global de saúde..

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej félicitant les gagnants des pays africains pour les Prix de Reconnaissance des Médias « Restez à la Maison » 2020 de Merck Foundation

Félicitations à tous les gagnants encore une fois et nous attendons avec impatience une contribution à long terme pour sensibiliser davantage et être la voix des sans voix, en particulier pendant une telle pandémie de santé mondiale.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, announcing the inauguration of First ever Government IVF center in Bangladesh

Merck Foundation has trained 4 Fertility and Embryology specialists from Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh

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Mensagem da Dra Rasha Kelej sobre a parceria de sucesso com a Primeira Dama do Botswana que abriu oportunidades de treinamento especializado para 35 médicos locais; fortalecimento da capacidade de saúde e resposta à COVID 19 no país

Estou ansiosa de continuar a nossa parceria de longo prazo e continuar a fornecer treinamento médico a médicos do Botswana em várias especialidades com o objectivo de construir um exército médico forte em toda a África e no Sul do globo.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur sa reconnaissance comme l'une des 100 Femmes Africaines les Plus Influentes 2020

Je promets de continuer à autonomiser les femmes, à soutenir l'éducation des filles et à renforcer les capacités de soins de santé en Afrique, en Asie et au-delà.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur l'émission télévisée « BECAUSE I WANT TO BE » (PARCE QUE JE VEUX ÊTRE), lancée en partenariat avec La Première Dame du Ghana et l'UNFPA

Ce programme vise à permettre aux filles de rester à l'école jusqu'à ce qu'elles terminent leurs études secondaires et à permettre la transformation positive de la société.

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Dra. Rasha Kelej, PCA da Fundação Merck apresentar a história para enfatizar a importância da educação das meninas.

A história de uma jovem chamada Linda, que representa nossas meninas africanas que lutam por sua educação todos os dias.

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Le Dr Rasha Kelej, PDG de la Fondation Merck, présente une histoire pour souligner l'importance de l'éducation des filles.

L'éducation est la seule chose que personne ne peut vous enlever. Donc, pour toutes les familles, soutenez l'éducation de votre fille comme ce qui s'est passé dans cette histoire.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on the importance of applying Physical Distancing as part of our Social Responsibility.

We are inviting applications for ‘‘Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards in order to reward the journalists who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically & mentally healthy during this difficult phase.

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Dr. Rasha Kelej wishes Happy World Embryologists Day

Merck Foundation has trained more than *82 Embryologists from 27 countries. More embryologists will be trained in more countries to continue our commitment to break the stigma around infertility

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation, on the importance of wearing cloth face covering in public setting.

Apply Physical Distancing and Stay Socially Connected

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on being recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2020

I promise to continue to empower women, support girl education and build healthcare capacity in Africa, Asia and beyond, says Dr. Rasha Kelej

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on how to cope with Covid-19 lockdown

Stay safe and healthy says Dr. Rasha Kelej

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, on the power of Physical Distancing

It is the only way we can together kill Corona Virus, don't take it lightly, stay safe, says Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on an inspiring storybook, MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE.

This storybook to be part of our Africa Community awareness campaign about Corona virus.

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En tant que ‘Merck Foundation CEO’ et en tant que femme africaine, je suis ravie de vous inviter à lire notre nouveau livre d'histoire inspirant, « Faites Le Bon Choix ».

Restons tous responsables, honnêtes et loyaux et faisons le bon choix même pendant les moments les plus difficiles. Profitez de la lecture de notre livre de contes.

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موسسة ميرك" الدولية الخيرية تدعم 500 أسرة عامل من المتضررين من فيروس كورونا المستجد بالتعاون مع الأورمان

قلج: لابد من دعم هؤلاء الغير قادرين على تحمل ظروف توقف معظم الأعمال بشكل كامل ويومى لمواجهة هذا الفيروس

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on ‘BECAUSE I WANT TO BE’ TV show, launched in partnership with The First Lady of Ghana and UNFPA

This program aims to enable girls to stay in school until they complete Senior High School and to enable the positive transformation of society.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation on Educating Linda Program

The story of a young girl called Linda, which represents our African girls who struggle for their education every day.

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Como PCA da Fundação Merck e como uma mulher africana, apraz-me convidá-lo a ler o nosso novo livro de histórias inspirador, "Fazer a escolha certa".

Vamos todos permanecer responsáveis, honestos e leais e fazer a escolha certa, mesmo nos momentos mais difíceis. Aproveite a leitura do nosso livro de histórias.

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Message from Dr Rasha Kelej to her friends and followers.

Touched 2M Followers @Rasha Kelej & 1M Followers @Merck Foundation.

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej appreciating the First Lady of The Gambia for her Sustainability Initiative

Let’s work together to save our Planet. Sustainability is a shared responsibility

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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej on Merck Foundation strategy to provide specialty training for African doctors to better manage Diabetes and Hypertension patients who are Coronavirus risk groups

Merck Foundation provides trainings to doctors from Africa & Asia and so far we have 183 trainees and enrollments from 35 countries.

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Message from Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation about the community donations in partnership with The First Lady of Niger in the country.

For the respect of barrier gestures and measures of social distancing, the donation of the kits was done in groups of 20.

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Message du Dr Rasha Kelej sur la stratégie de la Fondation Merck pour fournir une formation spécialisée aux médecins africains afin de mieux gérer les patients atteints de diabète et d'hypertension qui sont des groupes à risque de coronavirus

La Fondation Merck fourni des formations aux médecins d'Afrique et d'Asie et jusqu'à présent, nous avons 183 candidats formés et des inscriptions venant de 35 pays.

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Mensagem do Dr. Rasha Kelej sobre a estratégia da Merck Foundation para fornecer treinamento especializado para médicos africanos para melhor gerenciar pacientes com Diabetes e Hipertensão Arterial que são grupos de risco para

A Fundação Merck fornece treinamentos para médicos da África e Ásia e, até agora, temos 183 formandos e matrículas de 35 países.

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Dr. Rasha Kelej, encouraging all Media Representatives across Africa & Asia to apply for ''Stay at Home'' Media Recognition Awards to mark the 'World Health Day' together.

Click here for more details on“Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards.

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A Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation for Earth Day

Let’s work together everyone in our own way to protect our planet and save the earth, says Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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A Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to sensitize our communities on how to keep safe and stay healthy physically and mentally.

Click here for more details on“Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards.

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A message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation about 'David Story', a children storybook that emphasizes the strong family values of love and respect from young age.

Enjoy reading David’s story

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Newsletters/Articles

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Merck Foundation s'associe à la Première Dame du Burundi pour renforcer les capacités de soins de santé, autonomiser les filles dans l'éducation et briser la stigmatisation liée à l'infertilité

Merck Foundation a fourni une formation spécialisée à plus de 31 médecins burundais et continuera de le faire pendant les 10 prochaines années.

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Merck Foundation and African First Ladies celebrate the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards to raise Awareness about coronavirus.

Merck Foundation received a tremendous response from African journalists in form of their entries.

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Merck Foundation and First Ladies of Ghana and Nigeria celebrate the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards to raise Awareness about coronavirus.

The valuable contribution from the winners in sensitizing their respective communities about COVID 19 has encouraged us to additionally reward them all to become Merck Foundation Alumni and provide them with one-year access to online educational training program called “MasterClass”.

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Merck Foundation announces the winners of ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for Latin American Countries

We are happy to receive a great response from the journalists across Latin America

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Merck Foundation's first Online Summit with African First Ladies to strengthen healthcare capacity and joint response to COVID 19

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted their first Video Conference Summit of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) on 31st August 2020 to define and follow up on different joint programs that aims to advance public healthcare sector capacity and strengthen the response to COVID 19 in their countries.

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Merck Foundation In Media

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African First Ladies partner with Merck Foundation to empower infertile women

Initiative which aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education, health and by changing mindsets

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First Lady Monica Chakwera to launch girls education programme

“Under Merck Foundation’s Educating Linda, the initiative seeks to educate girls, especially in rural areas. The vision and goals of Educating Linda are in line with a what my personal foundation to be launched soon, will be focusing on” said First Lady of Malawi.

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Merck Foundation trains more oncologists as cancer cases rise in Africa

CEO of Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kelej indicated that the main objective of the initiative is to provide quality and affordable care to patients.

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Merck Foundation meets the Head of State and the First Lady of Zambia to launch their programs in the country

The Head of State of Zambia, H.E. EDGAR LUNGU emphasized, “The government will support initiatives that are aimed at addressing infertility in the country.

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Botswana First Lady partners with Merck Foundation and African First Ladies to strengthen healthcare capacity and COVID 19 response in Africa

During the Summit, the First Ladies of Africa underscored the importance of Merck Foundation's successful strategy of healthcare capacity building through providing training to young African doctors, since 2012, even before the pandemic started.

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