Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2021, 8th edition which will take place from April 27 to 29, 2021, with 19 African first ladies as guests of honor



Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2021, 8th edition which will take place from April 27 to 29, 2021, with 19 African first ladies as guests of honor

The 8th edition of the Merck Foundation ( Africa Asia Luminary will be co-chaired by HE ESTHER LUNGU, First Lady of the Republic of Zambia and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation; The President of the Republic of Zambia, HE Mr. EDGAR LUNGU and Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KG, Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp to officially launch the online “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary”; 19 African First Ladies will be the guests of honor and ministers of health, gender, information, education and science and technology from 25 African countries to participate; Over 2,000 healthcare providers, policy makers and media from over 70 countries will benefit from Luminary.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany, will organize its annual conference, the 8th edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” of April 27 to April 29, 2021 in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The conference will take place on a virtual platform and will be inaugurated by HE Mr. EDGAR LUNGU, The President of Zambia in the same way Professor Dr Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Board of Directors of E. Merck KG and of the Board of Directors of the Merck Foundation, and is co-chaired by HE ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia and Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation.

Senator Dr Rasha Kelej, underlined: “We are proud to welcome our Guests of honor and keynote speakers, First Ladies from 19 African countries and African ministers from different sectors from over 25 countries. Together, we will discuss our strategy to build healthcare capacity and establish a strong platform of specialist medical experts trained to be the first in their country and to define interventions to break the stigma of infertility and support girls’ education. This annual science and social education program will also engage healthcare providers, academia and the media in open dialogue and deliberations on various topics with the aim of improving access to equitable healthcare solutions. and quality.

Following the inauguration of the Luminaire on April 27, a high-level meeting Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee, will be carried out with 19 African first ladies discuss health and social issues that can be addressed to contribute to social and economic development in Africa; and advance the capacities and capacities of health care, media and advocacy in these countries. the African first ladies attend the conference as Guest of honor are:

“I look forward to welcoming my dear sisters, Her Excellencies, to the conference. In addition, I am also very happy that the conference will also mark an important occasion; the 4th anniversary of the Merck Foundation“added Senator, Dr Kelej.

April 28, MARCH- Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit Will he hold where a High-level roundtable with ministers of Health, Science and Technology, Education, Information and Gender and MARS researchers will take place with the aim of empowering young African researchers, advancing their research capacity and empowering them in STEM.

On the third day, April 29, Merck Foundation Health Media Training will be organized for the African and Latin American media fellowship to highlight the important role the media play in breaking the stigma surrounding infertility, raising awareness about infertility prevention and empowering girls and women through education.

Other important scientific sessions in different medical fields will also be held in parallel on days 2 and 3 of the Luminary.

During Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, in order to contribute to the social and economic development of Africa and Asia, more than 2000 health care providers, policymakers, academics, researchers and health media over 70 African, Asian and Latin American countries benefit from the three-day conference which contains valuable educational and social development sessions in four languages; English, French, Spanish and Portuguese by top international experts in diabetes, fertility, oncology, women’s health, cardiology, endocrinology, respiratory and acute medicine and health media with the aim of raising health awareness and improving management of diseases, early detection and prevention, build healthcare capacity and improve access to equitable and quality healthcare solutions on three continents.

The Luminary’21 will also mark the announcement of two awards for media fraternity, Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards “More than a mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation 2021 “Mask Up With Care” Media Recognition Award; two prizes for the fashion fraternity, Merck Foundation Fashion Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation “Make Your Own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021; in addition to Merck Foundation Film Awards “More than a mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation Song Awards “More than a mother” 2021.

Countries participating in the 8th Africa Asia Luminaire include:

Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea – Bissau, Guinea – Conakry, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more.

The 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary will be broadcast live on 27e April, of 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Gulf Standard Time) and on April 28 and 29, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Gulf Standard Time), Merck Foundation Facebook page ( and Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej’s Facebook page. (

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