Merck Foundation

The Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA

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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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Merck Foundation Response to Covid-19 pandemic.


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Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation
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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 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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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 to her friends and followers.

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

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

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

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Merck Foundation joins hands with African First Ladies to improve cancer care in Africa through providing one, two- and three-year Oncology Fellowship and Master Degree for more than 80 doctors from 26 countries

Merck Foundation to make history in Africa by training the first African oncologists and cancer care teams in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Central African Republic, Chad and Niger.

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Merck Foundation together with 18 African First Ladies respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in four main areas.

Community support:, Healthcare Capacity Building, Community Awareness through Media Awards and Community awareness for Children and Youth.

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Rasha Kelej creates a song by singers from 11 African countries to support medical workers during Coronavirus battle

Rasha Kelej: I have directed and produced for the first time, a song by singers from 11 African countries for the first time together in three languages; English, French and Arabic to show our support for medical workers around the world. This is my personal contribution towards the response to Coronavirus pandemic.

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Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies continue their strategy to provide specialty training for African doctors to better manage Diabetes and Hypertension patients who are Coronavirus risk groups.

Merck Foundation continues to provide one-year diploma and two-year master’s degree in both Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes for medical postgraduates from more than 35 African and Asian countries

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Merck Foundation In Media

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Merck Foundation Marks World Artificial Reproductive Technology Day, Trains Embryologists and Fertility Specialists across Africa and Asia

“The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors

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Merck Foundation, African First Ladies Join Covid-19 ‘Stay Safe’ Campaign

The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’.

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Merck Foundation Collaborates With African First Ladies To Improve Cancer Care

Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, continue to provide one, two- and three-year Oncology Fellowship and Master degree for African doctors through their Cancer Access Program with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists across the continent.

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11 African countries, three languages: Merck Foundation CEO acknowledges health workers with “My White Army”

As part of effort to encourage and show solidarity for health workers risking their lives to save lives amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Merck Foundation, Dr Rasha Kelej has shown the way

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Merck Foundation supports livelihood of women and casual workers

Merck Foundation has also launched ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards in partnership with the African First Ladies.

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