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Merck Foundation partners with Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) to build fertility care capacity and advocacy in Africa

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Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA, announced its partnership with African Society for Reproductive Care (ARCS) based in Lagos, Nigeria, to build capacity in fertility and reproductive tract care, strengthen advocacy to break infertility stigma and raise awareness of infertility prevention and male infertility in Africa in the part of the Merck Foundation More than a Mother campaign.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation stressed: “We are very happy to be associated with a large and inclusive society like African Reproductive Care Society with the aim of not only providing scientific and clinical training to African physicians and embryologists, but also to develop advocacy to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about the prevention, management of infertility and infertility masculine. At the Merck Foundation, we have partnered with 20 African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education, Communication and Gender, Universities, Media and artistic communities to achieve our goals to transform the fertility care landscape in Africa, and we have taken some very important steps. . I believe that with our new partnership with ARCS, we will continue our efforts and address different aspects of this subject ”.

Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, President of the African Society for Reproductive Care (ARCS) underlined: “I am very happy to be associated with the Merck Foundation. The Merck Foundation raised awareness and strengthened fertility care capacities in Africa. It is very important to raise awareness about the prevention and management of infertility, as around 85% of infertility cases in Africa are caused by untreated infectious diseases and therefore are preventable in many cases. I also thank the CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej for his energy, inspiration and innovations. Together will do good for Africa ”.

“I invite all fertility care experts and embryologists, media experts, fashion designers who are our Merck Foundation alumni to join this company. I also invite policy makers, leaders and community members, singers and filmmakers to apply for membership which is free and inclusive for all of Africa, ”added Senator Rasha Kelej.

The Merck Foundation announced this partnership during their 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary on April 29, 2021 during the fertility and reproduction care session, where they provided scientific and medical training to more than 400 doctors from Africa and Asia. And, discussed the challenges, strategies and solutions to improve access to quality, equitable and regulated fertility care in Africa and Asia.

This partnership is part of the Merck Foundation More than a Mother initiative.

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