Merck STEM Program

Together we empower women and youth in science and technology

We believe that empowering women through education is an important factor in promoting the economic well-being of Africans. Many literatures have shown that there are strong links between educating women and girls and positive outcomes for economic empowerment, social mobility and maternal health. It is also believed that women’s unemployment in a nation’s workforce is a waste of valuable human capital that has a negative impact on economic prosperity and national development.

Our STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) partners with global and local institutions and organizations to empower women and young people in the areas of science and technology. We see education as an important factor in promoting economic well-being in Africa.

As part of Merck Foundation STEM Program for Women and Youth,

Merck Foundation has conducted 4 editions of “UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit” in partnership with African Governments, UNESCO and African Union. UNESCO MARS brings together researchers and policy makers from across Africa to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for excellence in scientific innovation and define interventions to empower women and youth in education in general and in STEM.

As part of our contribution towards improving access to healthcare solutions and hence to the social and economic development of Africa, we had launched Merck Foundation’s “Best African Woman Researcher Award” and “Best Young African Researcher Award”. In cooperation with Ministries of Science and Education and UNESCO, the Merck Foundation’s target is to empower girls and women through various initiatives, including providing training for female & young researchers & medical graduates and supporting education of best performing female students in Africa.

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Merck Foundation célèbre la Journée Mondiale de Science à travers l'autonomisation des Femmes et des Jeunes dans les STEM en Afrique

Merck Foundation autonomise les Femmes et les Jeunes dans la recherche scientifique grâce aux prix « MARS Best Young African Researchers Awards » et « MARS Best African Women Researchers Awards », depuis 2015.

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Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for Merck Africa Research Summit–MARS Awards 2020

UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2020 in partnership with African Union will be held in Zambia with the aim to empower Women and Youth in Research.

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