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“Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Sixth Episode now on GHOne TV Ghana and Social Media #STOPFGM

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 Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the sixth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 19 2022 on GHOne Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m Monday on June 20 The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GHOne TV Ghana every hellip
“Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Sixth Episode now on GHOne TV Ghana and Social Media #STOPFGM

NNN: Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, launched the sixth episode of its TV show: ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ at 2 pm on Sunday, June 19, 2022 on GHOne, Ghana, repeated at 1:30 p.m. Monday; on June 20. The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GHOne TV Ghana every Sunday at 2pm and repeat every Monday at 1:30pm.

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The TV show is also broadcast on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, and is also published on all of the Merck Foundation’s social media channels and on KTN, NTV, and GHOne TV.

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The Sixth episode addressed a sensitive issue for African communities: End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Previous episodes of the show have addressed diabetes prevention and early detection, breaking down the stigma of infertility, supporting girls’ education, and the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle, respectively. The TV show has been receiving phenomenal reviews from viewers of these channels as well as social media followers in Africa and beyond.

Watch the Sixth Episode promo here: (https://bit.ly/3HP0L9v) Watch the Sixth Episode here: (https://bit.ly/3zWgguD)

‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a pan-African television show conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation, featuring African fashion designers, singers and leading experts from various domains with the goal of raising awareness and creating cultural change in Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation said: “I am overwhelmed by the incredible response we have received so far for the Merck Foundation’s ‘Our Africa’ TV show. I thank all of you who reached out to us on our social media platforms, appreciating our efforts and asking us questions about different interventions, songs, movies, and videos that you can use on your platforms and communities to break the silence and build advocacy. . All of this is very encouraging. We have now published the sixth episode of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ which opens a dialogue on the harmful effects of FGM and support for girls’ education”.

“We must be aware that FGM has no health benefits, it only harms girls and women physically and psychologically. FGM can also cause serious medical complications in women, such as infertility, as infection due to FGM is one of the main causes of infertility. FGM also increases the risk of HIV transmission and can cause serious complications during childbirth. We must understand that FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. This practice must be stopped immediately. Empowering girls with the right education is the only solution to these age norms that also promote gender inequality.” She added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

The show airs on the following TV channels:

– Every Saturday at 5:30 pm (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; re-run Wednesday at 6:30am (EAT) – Every Sunday at 6:30pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda; broadcast Thursday at 4:00 pm (EAT) – Every Sunday at 2 pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; rerun Monday at 1:30 pm (GMT)

Watch the promotion of ‘Our Africa by the Merck Foundation’ here: (https://bit.ly/3NcNY1P)

The sixth episode of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ featured popular singer Kenneth Mugabi from Uganda. The singer performed a new song created to support Girl Education during the episode. Senegalese fashion designers: Safietou Seck and Aicha Fatou Gaye also appeared in this episode and showcased their designs that delivered strong and relevant messages on how to stop FGM.

FGM comprises a procedure that consists of altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights, health and integrity of girls and women. Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications, such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections and difficulty urinating, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health . Although mainly concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America.

“I strongly believe that education is one of the most critical areas of women’s empowerment and will definitely help stop practices like FGM that benefit no one. Through our “Educating Linda” program, we support underprivileged but brilliant young girls to continue their education, from many African countries. The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for these girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. The Merck Foundation has published many inspiring children’s storybooks and songs to support girls’ education,” Senator Kelej emphasized.

1. Watch, share and subscribe to the song “Girl Can” here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively: (https://bit.ly/3yeRQep) 2. Watch, share and subscribe to “Tu Podes Sim”, Portuguese song, which means “Yes, You Can” in English, here, sung by two famous singers, Blaze and Tamyris Moiane, talented singers from Mozambique: (https://bit.ly/3n87DWh) 3 . Read Educating Linda Storybook here: (https://bit.ly/3NhWwEP) 4. Read Ride into the Future Storybook here: (https://bit.ly/3OCAde4) 5. Read Jackline’s Rescue Storybook here: (https: // bit.ly/3nbxo81)

Senator Dr. Rasha further emphasized: “We have also launched awards for media, fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians/singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries to address the sensitive issue of Ending FGM, and other topics as well. such as Breaking the Stigma of Infertility, Supporting Girls’ Education, Empowering Women, Ending Child Marriage and/or Stopping Gender Based Violence. We are organizing these pageants in association with my dear sisters, the African First Ladies. I am excited and eager to receive applications at submit@merck-foundation.com.”

“I am very excited to bring you all the upcoming episodes of the television show ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation.’ So stay connected and get ready to get informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” concluded Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Watch Episode 1 here: (https://bit.ly/3Q8UPw0) Watch Episode 2 here: (https://bit.ly/39gGAoi) Watch Episode 3 here: (https://bit.ly/3NzWdG6 ) Watch Episode 4 here: (https://bit.ly/3NZst5s) Watch Episode 5 here: (https://bit.ly/3MyEeif

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