DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –
AKON, the Senegalese-born international superstar met with Merck Foundation CEO Senator Dr Rasha Kelej at his office to discuss Merck Foundation programs and collaboration opportunities to support girls’ education, women’s empowerment and health capacity building in Africa.
AKON, who is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur, has been impressed with the work undertaken by the Merck Foundation across the African continent, especially the programs to support girls’ education and to transforming patient care in Africa.
Speaking about meeting world superstar Akon, Senator Dr Rasha Kelej said, “I personally love his songs. As an African woman, I am proud of her global success and her status as an African artist. future collaboration to further support and strengthen the capacities of our beloved continent, Africa ”.
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in the World for 2019, 2020 and 2021. She has also been appointed by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt as a Senator in the Egyptian Senate (2020 – 2025).
During their meeting, the superstar mentioned that he was eager to collaborate with the Merck Foundation through his Foundation.
The Merck Foundation, through its “More Than a Mother” campaign, has empowered infertile women through access to information, health, mindset change and economic empowerment. More than 20 African first ladies have been appointed ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”.
The Merck Foundation has also contributed to the future of hundreds of African girls through its ‘Educate Linda’ program by supporting the education of many high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover tuition fees, school uniforms. and other essentials, including notebooks, pens and math instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams.
“Empowering women begins with education, to enable them to be healthier, stronger and independent,” said Senator Dr Rasha.
In addition, the Merck Foundation has transformed patient care in Africa. More than 1,200 physicians from 44 countries benefit from Merck Foundation scholarships in critical and underserved areas such as oncology, diabetes, preventive cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, sexual and reproductive medicine, acute medicine, respiratory medicine, embryology and fertility, rheumatology, clinical psychiatry, gastroenterology, dermatology, intensive care, neonatal medicine, pain management, urology, general and advanced surgery, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, medicine internal, traumatology and orthopedics and many others.
Please watch this video of the meeting: https://bit.ly/3GdX0Jy
Edited by Winnie Botha of ‘For Africa’ Media
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