The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launches their first -ever TV program – ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’. This first-of-its-kind TV show is set to be the voice of the voiceless and break the silence about many critical and sensitive social and health issues in Africa.
Watch the ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ Promo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOdXqQUdkm8
This pan African show was conceptualized, produced, directed, and hosted by Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation to feature Fashion Designers, Singers, and distinguished guests from various domains with the aim of raising awareness and creating cultural change across Africa.
Expressing his excitement about the launch of the TV program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation,” Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation explained, “I am very happy and proud to present our new and unique program‘ Our Africa by Merck Foundation ’. I strongly believe that fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and being beautiful. They can contribute to raising awareness in our communities about various social and health issues such as ending FGM, ending child marriage, ending GBV, breaking the Infertility stigma, supporting Girl Education, Diabetes awareness and healthy living, and more. So, I came up with the idea of a useful but entertaining TV program. “
“I am hosting the show with my co-host Brian Mulondo from Uganda. We will discuss and address various social and health issues associated with Africa in a unique way through our African “Community of Fashion and Art with Purpose. This will be a first-of-its-kind interactive show, featuring talented Fashion designers and Singers who inspire communities through that creative work across Africa”, Dr Rasha Kelej added.
The TV program ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is currently airing in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana, the TV program will also soon be aired in other African countries. Below are details of the channels on which the TV show will air:
– Every Saturday @ 5:30 pm (EAT) at KTN, Kenya
– Every Sunday @ 6:30 pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda
– Every Sunday @ 2 pm on (GMT) GHOne TV, Ghana
“This program is our effort to reach young people and other members of our urban and rural communities with the goal of addressing and raising awareness about the wide range of pressing social and health issues associated with our continent. We have already started receiving great feedback on the promo and first episode which is about diabetes and promoting healthy living. I have also received many messages on social media that everyone is excited to watch more episodes. So, Stay tuned to watch more of the ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’ TV show. Be prepared to Be Informed, Be healthy, and Be comforted! “, added the Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.
Watch the First Episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz1S1Dlugkc
Watch the promo of the First Episode here: https://youtu.be/RzliKpAkUAU
The Merck Foundation along with their partner African First Ladies recently announced a variety of 8 Call for Applications for the two themes of the Awards for Media, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Musicians/ Singers, and new potential talent in these fields from African countries. The themes of the two categories of awards are – 1) Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV and/or Women Empowerment at all levels, and 2) Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.
Moreover, the Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies has also released more than 10 inspiring children’s storybooks and more than 25 songs on breaking the infertility stigma, supporting women’s education, and empowering women, in English, French and Portuguese. To listen to Merck Foundation songs and read Merck Foundation storybooks, please visit: https://merck-foundation.com/our-programs/Merck-Foundation-More-Than-a-Mother/Local-Songs- and -Children -Stories
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