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President of Zambia, HE Dr EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU inaugurates the 8th edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” with 13 African First Ladies

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President of Zambia, HE Dr EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU inaugurates the 8th edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” with 13 African First Ladies

The Merck Foundation Annual Conference (www.Merck-Foundation.com) was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Zambia, HE Dr. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU and Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​Chairman of the Management Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Merck Foundation; the 8th edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” was co-chaired by HE ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia and the Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation; African First Ladies from Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia were the guests of honor of the Luminaire; over 75,000 participants, healthcare providers, policy makers and academics from 70 countries attended the luminary.

The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA launched the 8th edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” on April 27, 2021, through online videoconferencing. It was co-chaired by HE Mrs. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia and the Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

During his opening speech, during the inauguration of the conference, the President of Zambia, HE Dr EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU stressed: “I am very happy to host this important conference with the Merck Foundation, our long-term strategic partner. It is a great honor to inaugurate the conference alongside the First Ladies of Africa. I am sure that this conference helps us to further explore partnership opportunities and bring new frameworks for cooperation in the area of ​​health care capacity building and to define interventions to break the stigma of infertility and support infertility. “Girls’ education”.

Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​Chairman of the Management Board of E.Merck KG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Merck Foundation, said: “I would like to welcome and also thank our partners, African First Ladies, African Ministers and health experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the rest of the world to join in us in order to realize the vision of the Merck Foundation: “Everyone in the world should lead a happy and fulfilling life”, together we have achieved a huge success and we are going to continue and expand our support to do more ”.

During his opening speech and welcoming speech, HE Mrs. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia and Co-chair of the Merck Africa Asia Luminary Foundation 2021 stressed: “I am very happy to co-chair and host this important Merck Foundation conference and to celebrate together the 4th anniversary of the Merck Foundation, our long-term partner in healthcare capacity building and improving access to health, information and to break the stigma associated with infertility. I am also delighted to welcome my dear sisters, the First Ladies of Africa, to this conference ”.

CEO of the Merck Foundation, the Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej underlined: “We have welcomed the First Ladies of 13 African Countries, who are also the Ambassadors of the Merck More Than a Mother Foundation, to important this conference. Together, we have worked closely over the years on a strong strategy to build healthcare capacity by providing specialized training in various specialties; and define interventions to break the stigma of infertility and support girls’ education.

I am very proud that we have so far provided more than 1,100 physicians from 42 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with specialized training of one, two and three years in several areas such as Oncology, Diabetes, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Specialty Endocrinology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Human Assisted Reproduction and Embryology & Fertility, to be the first in their country. In addition, we have now broadened our horizons by introducing more scholarships for young physicians in many new, underserved specialties in Africa and Asia.

The 8th edition of the Luminaire marked another important step: the 4th anniversary of the Merck Foundation.

As part of the Luminaire, a High Level Panel of the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee (MFFLI) was organized, which participated 13 First Ladies of Africa, who are the Ambassadors of the Merck More Than a Mother Foundation.

The keynote address was delivered by HE Mrs. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia as host and co-chair of the conference with

  • HE Ms ANA DIAS LOURENÇO, The First Lady of the Republic of Angola
  • HE Ms. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of the Republic of Botswana
  • HE Mrs SIKA KABORE, The First Lady of Burkina Faso
  • HE Mrs. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi
  • HE Mrs. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of the Central African Republic
  • HE Mrs DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • HE Mrs. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana
  • HE Mrs DJÈNÈ CONDÉ, The First Lady of the Republic of Guinea Conakry
  • HE Mrs. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia
  • HE MRS MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi
  • HE Ms. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique
  • HE MRS MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia

Day 1 of the 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary brought together more than 75,000 participants, healthcare providers, policy makers, academics, researchers and media from more than 70 countries in three languages ​​English, French, and Portuguese.

On the second day of the conference, the Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARCH where one will be held high level round table with the Ministers of Health, Science and Technology, Education, Information and Gender and MARS researchers will take place with the aim of empowering young African researchers and women researchers, advancing their research capacity and empowering them in STEM.

On the third day, April 29, a Merck Foundation Healthcare Media Training will be organized for the African and Latin American Media Brotherhood to highlight the important role the media play in breaking the stigma around infertility, raising awareness on 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.

Participating countries include Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic 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, UK, Uganda, USA, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more.

The 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary SERA broadcast live the April 29, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Gulf Standard Time), Merck Foundation Facebook page (www.facebook.com/merckfoundation) and Senator Rasha Kelej Facebook page (www.facebook.com/KelejRasha).

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