I am proud to recognize and appreciate our winners, who became the voice of the voiceless and the storytellers of infertile women and break the stigma around them, and also raised awareness about male infertility. I am extremely happy to meet and celebrate our winners, through our online Award Ceremony. The awards were announced by Merck Foundation in partnership with my dear sisters, African First Ladies, who are also our Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother.
Merck Foundation additionally rewarded the winners by providing them with one-year access to an online educational training program called “MasterClass”. The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet.
As you know, I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities through their influential media work. Through these awards, we were able to inspire many African journalists to write and create awareness about infertility stigma in their communities. We would like to encourage our winners to become Merck Foundation Champions and work together towards further eliminating infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities.
We also welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, to join us to create a culture shift as a part of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ and ‘Educating Linda’ programs.
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother
Link of the Award Ceremony live-streamed on social media: https://fb.watch/5Um2qmccap/
Here are the winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA; who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More than a Mother:
Here are the winners from West African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. Mrs. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI and The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH; who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More than a Mother:
Here are the winners from Ghana in partnership with H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More than a Mother:
Here are the winners from Zambia in partnership with H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia and Ambassador of Merck Foundation More than a Mother:
Here are the winners from French-Speaking African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), H.E. Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI; The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The Former First Lady of Niger, H.E. Madam AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU; The First Lady of Republic of Guinea, H.E. Madam DJÈNÈ CONDÉ; who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than A Mother: