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Leaving no girl behind: Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Malawi, motivate girls to pursue sciences

The ‘Educating Linda’ project has been rolled out to help young unprivileged but brilliant, hardworking and sharp in class.

First Lady of Burundi contributes to Merck Foundation campaign by creating an empowering song

The song and its video have been composed. sung and produced by The First Lady of Burundi, Her Excellency Denise Nkurunziza as her special contribution to support Merck More Than a Mother campaign.

First Merck Foundation Health Media Training held in Liberia

It provided a great opportunity for the journalists to meet the experts and also to network with each other and work as a unit to eradicate the stigma around infertility in Liberia and rest of Africa.

Merck Foundation partners with First Lady of Zimbabwe to build healthcare capacity

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother emphasized, “We welcome this important initiative of Merck Foundation in our country.

Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea launches a children story to teach children and youth family values of love and respect- The Story of Abubaker and Fataou

Merck Foundation will also be providing training in the fields of Fertility, Diabetes and Cancer to Guinean doctors to build healthcare capacity in the country.

Merck Foundation Partners With the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho to Underscore Their Commitment to Build Healthcare Capacity in the Country

Merck Foundation provides their first ‘Health Media Training’ in partnership with the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Merck Foundation releases ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Local Song in partnership with The Gambia First Lady

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained “This song is part of Merck More than a Mother Movement to discover African talent that can produce songs, music, movies and fashion to address the stigma of infertility to sensitize African communities

Merck Foundation announces the Winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Fashion Awards announced by Merck Foundation with aim to break the stigma around infertile women

The 6 winners got an opportunity to exhibit their designs during Zambia Fashion Week with the aim to empower infertile and childless women. The theme of the ceremony was #NoToInferrtilityStigma

Merck Foundation to conduct 6th edition of "Merck Africa Asia Luminary" October 2019 in Ghana

During Merck Africa Asia Luminary, in order to contribute to the social and economic development of Africa and Asia, more than 1000 healthcare providers, policymakers, academia, researchers and health media from 60 Sub- Saharan African countries participated

Merck Foundation partners with the First Lady of Liberia to build healthcare capacity and break infertility stigma in the country

Merck Foundation will provide one and two years Oncology Fellowship to doctors to improve access to equitable cancer care in the country..Know More here

“Rasha Kelej” Leads Campaign to Correct Misconceptions in Africa

know more about the campaigns and the impact here.

Merck Foundation Marks "World Diabetes Day 2019" by Launching Their 'Nationwide Diabetes Blue Points Project' to Advance Diabetes Care in African Countries

Merck Foundation to provide One and two Year on-line Post-graduate Diabetes Diploma and Masters from South Wales University for more than 180 doctors from 34 countries in Africa and Asia.

Merck Foundation organized their first ‘Health Media Training’ in partnership with the First Lady of Liberia

Merck Foundation in partnership with Minister of Gender and Social Welfare has provided embryology and clinical training on fertility specialty in the past two years

Merck Foundation launches first 'Merck Health Media Training' in partnership with First Lady of Guinea

"Media plays an important role in sensitizing the society. It can help in breaking the stigma around infertility, says, Dr Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation partners with the First Lady of Guinea to build healthcare capacity and break infertility stigma in the country

Merck Foundation will also be working closely with the Office of First Lady to support the establishment of first ever public IVF centre in the country by providing technical advice and training to medical and paramedical staff.

Merck Foundation: Fashion, Film Awards to break infertility stigma

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, in an exclusive interview on a wide range of issues, with The Light Magazine

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

Merck Foundation marks International Women's Day through partnering with Africa's first ladies to break the stigma of infertility

"I am very proud that 11 African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation and have become the Ambassadors of our unique and historic campaign "Merck more than a Mother" to empower infertile women and eliminate the stigma around infertility in their countries and across Africa.", said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for “Merck More Than a Mother” Fashion Awards in partnership with Ghana First Lady

The applicants are requested to send the sketches of their creations as an attachment on email: info@merck-foundation.com. The closing date for applications is 30th of June 2019.

Merck Foundation Marks World Cancer Day By Building The Capacity Of Oncologists In Africa

Through this program, Merck Foundation has enrolled and provided clinical training in Oncology to 57 candidates from more than 21 African countries. We will soon scale up and strengthen our efforts and activities in more countries”, emphasized Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation to underscore their long term commitment to build healthcare capacity in Senegal

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation met His Excellency MACKY SALL, The President of Senegal to discuss..

Merck Foundation institute media award scheme to fight Infertility Stigma

"I strongly believe in the critical role media play to sensitize communities." says Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation

With the support of Merck Foundations Initiative the First Lady of Ghana leads campaign to break stigma of infertility

The First Lady applauded Merck Foundation for the critical role it has been playing in the socio-economic development of especially Ghanaian Women

Merck Foundation CEO, CAR First Lady meet 100 infertile women

Merck Foundation awards the First Lady of Central African Republic to acknowledge her efforts to empower infertile women as ambassador for Merck More than a Mother

Merck Foundation Discussed With the President of Central African Republic Their Commitment to Develop Healthcare Capacity in the Country

Merck Foundation underscored their partnership with the First Lady and ministry of Health of C.A.R.

Merck Foundation marked the “World Diabetes Day” themed ‘The Family and Diabetes’ on 14th November 2018

Merck Foundation to provide One Year on-line Post-graduate Diploma in Diabetes Management from UK to the winners of the Merck Diabetes Award 2017

Merck Foundation and Uganda Ministry of Health Continue their Support for the Heroines of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’

"I am proud to acknowledge 'Merck More Than a Mother' heroines in the heart of Africa, celebrating women empowerment every day," says Dr. Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation

Merck Foundation underscore their long term commitment to build healthcare capacity in Niger.

Prof. Frank Stangnberg-Haverkamp Meets the President of Niger H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou to Discuss Merck Foundation Commitment towards Niger

Merck Foundation helps thousands of infertile women start businesses

“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets.

Merck Foundation marks World Embryologists Day, 40 years of IVF

Merck Foundation has provided training to over 50 fertility specialists and embryologists from Africa and Asia

Merck Cancer Access Program strengthening in Gambia, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe

"We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through changing the landscape of Cancer care in the continent, says Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation

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

“I strongly believe in the critical role media play to sensitize communities, emphasized, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation

Merck Foundation and MAHE 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.

Merck Foundation discuss the Fertility Capacity Building with African Ministers at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

Merck Foundation in partnership with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), conducted ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ panel at their Regional conference 2018, in Dubai.

Merck Foundation launches their programs in partnership with the First Lady of Chad

Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Chad commits to building healthcare capacity in the country with special focus on Cancer, Diabetes, and Infertility.

Merck launches their Merck Foundation in The Gambia in partnership with The First Lady of The Gambia

Merck Foundation appointed the H.E Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, the First Lady of The Gambia as an ambassador of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign in The Gambia

Merck Foundation signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African First Ladies Organization to build Cancer and Fertility Care Capacity in their Countries

Marking the “World Cancer Day” at African Union Assembly, Merck Foundation pledges to continue their commitment to provide oncology fellowship program across Africa in partnership with African First Ladies

Merck Foundation Connects Africa and Asia through their Partnership with Malaysia and India to Build Healthcare Capacity in Africa

he signing ceremony was witnessed by YB Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Malaysia.

Merck Foundation and Tata Memorial Centre to build Cancer Care Capacity in Africa

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, and the Tata Memorial centre, a premier cancer centre in India, announced today the signing of an MOU, aimed to provide fellowship program to Africa candidates.

Arts reinforces cultural values that correct stigma and discrimination in infertility

This song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating says, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation

Merck Foundation calls for media entries on infertility

I strongly believe in the critical role the media play in sensitizing communities, says Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

Merck Foundation Concludes Their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma Around Infertility in Africa

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted their First Merck Health Media Training in Nairobi, Kenya. The training program was attended by over 200 journalists representin

Male infertility in Africa: Breaking the stigma

While medical research shows that struggles by couples to conceive can often be attributed to the male partner‚ it remains a lonely and shameful stigma.

Read How Tororo childless women are fighting stigma

Research has shown that 50 per cent of infertility cases are attributed to men, not women

Merck Foundation Marks ‘World Cancer Day’ this Year in Uganda and Tanzania

Following the ‘We Can. I can’ theme of ‘World Cancer Day 2016-18’ Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries

FIGO Regional Conference of Middle East and Africa

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) invites you to participate in the FIGO Regional Conference of Middle East and Africa scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 11 to 13 April 2018.

Merck Foundation partners with India to build healthcare capacity in Africa

In 2017, Through their Merck cancer access program, Merck foundation partnered with Tata Memorial center and Maharashtra University to provide one and two years oncology fellowship program for more than 30 Doctors from African countries

Africa Fertility Society Awards Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp for empowering women in Africa.

The First Ladies of Central African Republic, Gambia, Chad, Niger and Republic of Guinea announced they will be ambassadors for Merck More Than a Mother campaign in their countries.

Merck More Than a Mother. From woman to woman

An interview of Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with Nation Media Group, Kenya

Merck Foundation partners strongly with Malaysia after success stories in India and Indonesia

From India to Malaysia, Merck Foundation continues their collaborative efforts to build healthcare capacity in Africa and Developing Countries.

Merck Foundation, UM sign pact for post-grad trainees

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching witnessed the event.

Merck Foundation connects Africa, Asia through their partnership with Malaysia and India to build healthcare capacity in Africa

The signing ceremony was witnessed by YB Datuk Dr.Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Malaysia.

Merck Foundation Launched by First Ladies of Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, The Gambia and Guinea-Conakry and Chairperson of National Assembly of Namibia.

More than 450 African healthcare providers, policy makers and researchers from Africa and Asia benefited from the luminary sessions.

Merck Foundation commits to long term partnership with Government of Uganda in building healthcare capacity

Merck Foundation affirmed their support to the Cancer institute's role as a regional centre of excellence for East Africa

Merck Foundation at African Union Assembly, African First Ladies Summit

Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp affirms Merck’s long term partnership with African countries

Merck Foundation Established

Dr. Rasha Kelej appointed as a Chief Executive Officer of the Merck Foundation

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp awarded by Africa’s First Female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

H.E. President of the Republic of Liberia and Africa’s First Female Head of State Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has awarded a “Medal of Honour” to Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KG in recognition of Merck’s efforts to empower African women and girls in the fields of science and technology where they are currently under-represented.

New programme offers a ray of hope for infertile women

“Merck More than a Mother” initiative in partnership with Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), conducted a panel to address challenges and solutions to access to regulated fertility care in Africa and Asia.

Merck More than a Mother championed by Nigeria’s First Lady Mrs. Aisha Buhari

Infertility is Not a Stigma: Merck More than a Mother championed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari continues its quest to empower more infertile women; this time in Nigeria

Merck launches "Merck More Than a Mother" campaign in Uganda

"Merck More than a Mother" campaign in Africa for the first time in Uganda as part of the Merck CAP.The campaign was first implemented in Kenya in 2015 and will be implemented this year in Uganda.

Merck Empowers Ugandan Infertile Women In Partnership Ministry Of Health

Merck continues their commitment for the second year to empower infertile women in Uganda through improving access to information, health, change of mind-set and economic empowerment.

Merck, ASPIRE partner to address fertility care in Africa and Asia

Merck, through its ‘Merck More than a Mother’ initiative in partnership with Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), conducted a panel to address challenges and solutions to improve access to regulated fertility care in Africa and Asia.

Merck marks “International Women’s Day” with the launch of “More than a Mother” campaign and “STEM program for Women and Girls” for the first time in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, March 8, 2017 — Merck, a leading science and technology company, today marks “International Women’s Day” with the launch of “Merck More than a Mother” and “Merck STEM for Girls and Women” program for the first time in Liberia.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta meets First Lady of Central African Republic at State House

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta held talks with the First Lady of Central African Republic Madam Brigitte Toudore, Member of Executive Board and CEO of Merck Healthcare Dr. Belen Garijo and Chief Social Officer of Merck Healthcare Dr. Rasha Kelej. They agreed to scale up programs aimed at empowering women in Africa.

A tale of triumph: Merck 'More than a Mother' empowers Grace Kambini, a childless woman from Kibera who suffered the infertility stigma

Rasha Kelej (center), Chief Social Officer, Merck Healthcare and the initiator of "Merck More than a Mother" initiative and Joyce Lay, Member of Parliament, Taita Taveta and the initiative's Ambassador in Kenya admire potato chips cooked by Grace Kambini with an improved cooking stove provided by through 'Empowering Berna' Project

“Merck More than a mother” on Improving access to fertility care

“Merck More than a Mother” high level panel calls for action to improve access to regulated fertility care and empowering infertile women in Africa

Infertility is Not a Stigma: Merck More than a Mother championed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari continues its quest to empower more infertile women; this time in Nigeria

Merck More than a Mother campaign launched in Nigeria was championed by the country’s first lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Buhari. The launch held in Abuja, Nigeria is in partnership with Senate Commission on Health; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and Future Assured organization.

Merck Marks “World Cancer Day” to Increase Awareness about Cancer Prevention through Social Media - Together We Can Prevent Cancer

women cancer survivors and build cancer care capacity in Africa. These efforts are contributing to what ‘We Can’ do together to reduce the global burden of cancer in developing countries.

“Merck More than a Patient” Initiative in partnership with “Women for Cancer” to empower women cancer survivors in Africa

Merck in partnership with “Women for Cancer” started this initiative with the aim to empower women cancer survivors in Africa through supporting them to establish their own small business so that they can lead an independent and productive life.

Merck marks World Diabetes Day (WDD) with the announcement of their Diabetes Award 2016 Winners #MerckWDD2016

The winner from each university has been granted a one year postgraduate diabetes diploma in South Wales University, United Kingdom

“Merck More than a Patient” Initiative in partnership with “Women for Cancer”

“Merck More than a Patient” Initiative in partnership with “Women for Cancer” to empower women cancer survivors in Africa

Merck marks World Diabetes Day (WDD) with the announcement of their Diabetes Award 2016 Winners

Merck kicks off their social media campaign to raise awareness about diabetes early detection and prevention as part of Merck Capacity Advancement Program- CAP

New fellowship to strengthen cancer care in Africa

A new oncology fellowship at the University of Nairobi aims to improve access to cancer care and strengthen the healthcare system in emerging markets.

“Empowering Berna” Project

Through “Empowering Berna” project “Merck More than a Mother” will support infertile women who can’t bear children anymore to establish their small business so that they can re-build their own independent and happier lives

Merck Africa infertility campaign wins award

During the 11th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs, Professor Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of Merck KGaA, received the 'African Alliances He for She Award' for Women Empowerment

Merck more than a mother is empowering infertile women in Africa

“Merck More than a Mother’s” efforts received big support in Finland from a high level panel of ministers, parliamentarians, academia, International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), African Fertility Society and global fertility experts.

Merck to support Jackline Mwende

“Merck More than a Mother” initiative will support Jackline Mwende, the recent victim of infertility stigma, throughout the rest of her life after having her hands chopped off by her husband for failing to bear children.

Merck Supports Free Diabetes Screening in Africa, India and Indonesia

During “Merck Jakarta Diabetes Day”, More Than 30,000 Community Members will receive free diabetes screening in collaboration with Jakarta Government

Empowering Berna - a new infertility initiative

A new initiative ‘Empowering Berna’ announced to empower underprivileged infertile women

Empowering Berna - a new infertility initiative

A new initiative ‘Empowering Berna’ announced to empower underprivileged infertile women

Merck Recognizes World Cancer Day With Uganda Ministry of Health

Merck joined hands with Uganda Ministry of Health to raise awareness about cancer early detection