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  •  Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the seventh episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 26 2022 on GHOne Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m Monday June 27 2022 The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GH One TV hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Seventh Episode now on GH One TV Ghana, NTV Uganda and KTN, Kenya
     Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the seventh episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 26 2022 on GHOne Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m Monday June 27 2022 The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GH One TV hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Seventh Episode now on GH One TV Ghana, NTV Uganda and KTN, Kenya
    Africa7 days ago

    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Seventh Episode now on GH One TV Ghana, NTV Uganda and KTN, Kenya

    Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, launched the seventh episode of its TV show: "Our Africa by Merck Foundation" at 2 pm on Sunday, June 26, 2022 on GHOne , Ghana, repeated at 1:30 p.m. Monday; June 27, 2022. The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GH One TV Ghana every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and repeat every Monday at 1:30 p.m.

    The TV show is also broadcast on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, and published on all of the Merck Foundation's social media channels as well as KTN, NTV, and GH One TV.

    The Seventh Episode addressed the current global Coronavirus Health Awareness pandemic. Previous episodes of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” have covered topics such as preventing diabetes, breaking the stigma of infertility, supporting girls' education, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and ending female genital mutilation ( FGM). The TV show has received a phenomenal response from viewers as well as social media followers.

    Check out the Seventh Episode promo here: https://bit.ly/3NBx1OO

    Watch the Seventh Episode here: https://bit.ly/3AjsPAf

    'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' is a pan-African television program 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: “First of all, I would like to thank the audience for their continued positive and encouraging response to 'Our Africa of the Merck Foundation.' We have also received an incredible response on our social media from audiences all over the world, this is very encouraging and makes me very happy. The seventh episode of the television show addresses the global coronavirus pandemic that we have been facing for more than two years. We have all experienced changes in our lives brought about by the pandemic. Therefore, this episode advocates for coronavirus health awareness. We have also tried to address the social impact of this pandemic on our communities through this episode."

    “Through 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation', we aim to raise awareness, be a voice for the voiceless and break the silence on many health and social issues in Africa through 'Fashion and Art with Purpose' . I firmly believe that media, fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and look good, and can raise awareness on issues like diabetes awareness, breaking the stigma of infertility, ending child marriage, stopping female genital mutilation, stop gender-based violence, support girls' education and women's empowerment. among other social and health problems that affect the continent. Together we can create cultural change,” added Senator Dr. Rasha.

    The show airs on the following TV channels:

    - Every Saturday at 5:30 pm (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; runs again on Wednesday at 6:30 am (EAT)

    - Every Sunday at 6:30 pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda; repeats Thursday at 4:00 pm (EAT)

    - Every Sunday at 2 pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; runs again on Monday at 1:30 pm (GMT)

    Watch the promotion of 'Our Africa by the Merck Foundation' here: https://bit.ly/3Ow5kbj

    The seventh episode featured designs by Gabriel Froid and Kinneh Mbenga, young designers from Mauritius and Gambia, respectively. Cwezi, a popular singer from Ghana, and Teenusha Soobrah, a nutritionist from Mauritius also appeared in this episode.

    The show also features "My White Army", a pan-African song, which has been produced and directed by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, as her personal contribution to thank the doctors and nurses who are fighting on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus, who are at risk of being exposed to the virus so that everyone else can stay home and stay healthy. Featuring singers from 11 African countries in three languages: Arabic, English and French, the song has been widely appreciated across the continent.

    "I am very proud to have been able to coordinate, direct and produce this song as a gesture of support in 11 African countries through the 11 talented singers in three languages ​​Arabic, English and French. They have incredible voices and great diversity, they are from countries from North, South, East and West Africa. This coordination was very difficult, especially during the lockdown, but everyone cooperated a lot and we managed to put together a brilliant and moving song." Senator Rasha Kelej explained.

    Watch, share and subscribe to the song "My White Army" here: https://bit.ly/3OTvAw8

    Additionally, the Merck Foundation led the way in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in partnership with 20 African first ladies. Their focus has been on four main areas: community support, health care capacity building, community awareness through media awards, and community awareness for children and youth.

    The Merck Foundation has partnered with the African First Ladies to support the livelihood of thousands of women and casual workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation initiated the Coronavirus Response Program to improve healthcare capacity by providing African doctors with a one-year online Diploma, a two-year Master's Degree in Respiratory Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation, Acute Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Critical Care. So far, the Merck Foundation has awarded 131 fellowships to physicians from more than 23 countries through its Coronavirus Response Program. The Merck Foundation also announced the "Stay Home" and "Mask Carefully" Media Recognition Awards for the media and the "Make Your Own Mask" Fashion Awards for the fashion community, with the aim of separating the facts from myths and misconceptions, raise awareness on how to adapt the best protection measures, such as wearing your masks to show that you care and love your family and community; to encourage your community to choose to get vaccinated and raise awareness to support healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID 19 pandemic. To raise awareness of the pandemic among children and youth, the Merck Foundation released an inspiring storybook" Make the Right Choice" in partnership with African First Ladies to sensitize children and youth about the coronavirus.

    Read the Make the Right Choice storybook, here: https://bit.ly/3nt11Sk

    “This episode of 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' has been very relevant as we are still dealing with the coronavirus crisis in some parts of the world. So, stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands with soap and water often, wear masks, and visit your doctor in case you appear to have any symptoms of coronavirus,” added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    “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 be informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” concluded Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    Watch episode 1 here: https://bit.ly/3a15rwC

    Watch episode 2 here: https://bit.ly/3QY6deB

    Watch episode 3 here: https://bit.ly/3bF4R8o

    Watch episode 4 here: https://bit.ly/3uduCD8

    Watch episode 5 here: https://bit.ly/3I4Y8k9

    Watch episode 6 here: https://bit.ly/3ns87GN

  •  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
     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
    Africa2 weeks ago

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

    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.

    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.

    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

  •  Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the 9th episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation on Saturday June 11 2022 on KTN Kenya on repeat on Wednesday and Sunday June 12 on NTV Uganda repeated on Thursday The TV show is also broadcast on GH One TV hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Ninth Episode now on KTN, NTV, and Social Media
     Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the 9th episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation on Saturday June 11 2022 on KTN Kenya on repeat on Wednesday and Sunday June 12 on NTV Uganda repeated on Thursday The TV show is also broadcast on GH One TV hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Ninth Episode now on KTN, NTV, and Social Media
    Africa3 weeks ago

    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Ninth Episode now on KTN, NTV, and Social Media

    Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the 9th episode of its TV show "Our Africa by Merck Foundation" on Saturday, June 11, 2022 on KTN, Kenya, on repeat on Wednesday and Sunday June 12 on NTV, Uganda, repeated on Thursday. The TV show is also broadcast on GH One TV in Ghana, every Sunday, repeats every Monday, and repeats on Mondays at 2pm.

    The ninth episode of "Our Africa from the Merck Foundation" addresses an important topic of "Stop Gender Based Violence (GBV)", the impact of this issue on communities and the need to address this issue. Previous episodes of the show have addressed the importance of early detection and prevention of diabetes, breaking the stigma of infertility, supporting girls' education, promoting a healthy lifestyle, ending female genital mutilation (FGM) , coronavirus health awareness and sustainability and recycled fashion. respectively. The TV show has received rave reviews from viewers in all three countries and from social media followers in Africa and beyond.

    Watch the Ninth Episode promo here: (https://bit.ly/3MUxgnO) Watch the Ninth Episode here: (https://bit.ly/3aVDI0r)

    'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' is a pan-African television program 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: “The response to the television program 'Our Africa of the Merck Foundation' has been very positive and overwhelming. I am very happy that the TV show was informative and entertaining at the same time. Now, we bring you the ninth episode that focuses on the theme of 'Stop gender-based violence'. Gender-based violence is the most pervasive but least visible human rights violation in the world. Gender-based violence affects 1 in 3 women throughout their lives, worldwide.

    “We address this sensitive topic through our 'Fashion and Art with a Purpose' community. I really admire art and fashion in Africa and I strongly believe that fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and looking good. They can help to be the voice of the voiceless and raise awareness in our communities. Through our program we want to reach out to youth and other members of urban and rural communities across the continent to address and raise awareness of a wide range of pressing health and social issues that are relevant to Africa, such as; Stop gender-based violence, break the stigma of infertility, end child marriage, support girls' education, end female genital mutilation (FGM), promote a healthy lifestyle, prevent and control diabetes and coronavirus health awareness and more,” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    The show airs on: 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/3NZZ4s)

    While gender-based violence (GBV) is not a problem unique to Africa, there is no doubt that the magnitude of the problem persists more severely on the continent than in other parts of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2013, 35% of women worldwide had experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. By contrast, 45.6% of women over the age of 15 in Africa have experienced the same.

    This high incidence of gender-based violence in Africa can be correlated with low levels of education, exposure to violence elsewhere, patriarchal systems, attitudes that accept violence and gender inequality, and low access to information.

    In societies where justice is rarely achieved, awareness of women's rights is limited, and exposure to violence is constant, the task of reducing GBV remains paramount.

    The ninth episode of "Our Africa by Merck Foundation" features GHONE TV TV host and style coach Nancy, who shared tips on how to use fashion to build confidence in women. The episode also featured talented young designers Gaone Mangogola from Botswana and Stephany – Lee Schmidt from Namibia, who shared their designs displaying STOP GBV messages.

    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 stopping gender-based violence, and also others. Topics such as Breaking the Stigma of Infertility, Supporting Girls' Education, Empowering Women, Ending Child Marriage and/or Ending Female Genital Mutilation. 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 tuned 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)Watch Episode 6 here: (https://bit.ly/ 3mp8t0t)Watch episode 7 here: (https://bit.ly/3aFMHTh)Watch episode 8 here: (https://bit.ly/3b7Zs9J)

  •  Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the fifth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 5 2022 in GH Uno Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m on Monday on June 6 The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH hellip
    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma
     Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the fifth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 5 2022 in GH Uno Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m on Monday on June 6 The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH hellip
    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma

    Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, launched the fifth episode of its TV show: 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' at 2 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2022 in GH Uno, Ghana, repeated at 1:30 p.m. on Monday; on June 6. The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH One every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and will be repeated every Monday at 1:30 p.m.

    Download document: https://bit.ly/3mCeC9A

    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 GH One TV.

    The fifth episode of the TV show tackles a very sensitive issue for African communities: breaking the stigma of infertility. 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 received rave reviews from viewers in all three countries and from social media followers in Africa and beyond.

    Watch the fifth episode promo here: https://bit.ly/3zvpTjuWatch the fifth episode here: https://bit.ly/3O4GbUH

    '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 prominent guests 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 very excited to bring you the fifth episode of 'Our Merck Foundation Africa', which aims to break the stigma of infertility and empower women. and infertile and childless couples.

    Although male factors contribute to around 50% of the causes of infertility, women are largely perceived as solely responsible for a couple's infertility and, consequently, the social suffering and stigma associated with infertility tend to be greater for them than for their husbands. This is a critical issue that must be addressed. This has also been the main focus of our 'More than a mother' signature move. I am very happy that our viewers and social media followers liked and appreciated the episode. I received many messages saying that they were unaware that infertility can also be due to the male factor. During the episode, we discussed that almost 50% of infertility cases are due to the male factor and also that fertility is a shared responsibility, since it takes a man and a woman to have a child. Men should be tested together with their wives and support them through the treatment process. Women are more than mothers. And men are more than just fathers. We have communicated these important messages throughout our Fashion and Art with Purpose community, through fashion designs, songs, movies and children's stories."

    The show airs on:

    - Every Saturday at 5:30 pm (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; repeats Wednesdays at 6:30am (EAT) - Every Sunday at 6:30pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda; repeats Thursday at 4:00 pm (EAT) - Every Sunday at 2 pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; runs again on Monday at 1:30 pm (GMT)

    Watch the Merck Foundation's 'Our Africa' promo here: https://bit.ly/3NIiYrx

    The fifth episode of the TV show 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' features a video about Jackline Mwende, a victim of the stigma of infertility. This shows how childless women in some cultures experience discrimination, violence, stigma and ostracism. The video shows how the Merck Foundation supported Jackline by providing her with a house and a supermarket so that she can be independent and have a stable income. The Merck Foundation has also supported many other childless women who suffered from the stigma of infertility in Africa through the "Empowering Bern" program, which is part of "More Than a Mother" together with its ambassadors, the African First Ladies.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej further explains: “We support women like Jackline through our 'More Than a Mother' campaign. Our efforts are to initiate cultural change to empower women living with infertility stigma at all levels by raising awareness; support girls' education; train local fertility specialists, embryologists, sexual and reproductive care specialists and media representatives with the goal of transforming women's health in Africa and developing countries and importing access to information and change of mindset. We have also partnered with African First Ladies who are Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassadors.”

    The episode also sheds light on some serious data presented by the WHO: in developing countries, one in four couples suffers from primary or secondary infertility. About 85% of infertility in Africa is due to untreated infections, these infections are the result of unsafe abortions, unsafe childbirth, sexually transmitted diseases, female genital mutilation, child marriage and many other reasons. Prevention is therefore essential and this was also emphasized during the TV show.

    This episode featured fashion designers David Kusi Boye-Doye from Ghana and Claire Asiimwe from Uganda, who showcased their designs that featured strong messages about women being more than mothers, men being more than fathers, #NoToInfertilityStigma, #FertilityIsASASharedResponsibility and advice for the prevention of infertility; and Santa Anzo, a renowned fashion designer from Uganda.

    The episode also featured a theme song from More Than a Mother by Sunita Daffeh, a singer from Gambia. This song communicates that women are more than mothers and men are more than fathers. Listen and watch the song here: https://bit.ly/3xkGG6r

    The Merck Foundation's iconic "More Than a Mother" campaign, led by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, is a mobilization movement to break the stigma of infertility around women across the African continent.

    Within the framework of the 'More than a mother' campaign, the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 390 scholarships to doctors from 38 countries, with the aim of promoting women's health and reproductive, sexual and fertility care, awarding scholarships to one-year medical diploma and two-year master's degree in reproductive and sexual care and fertility and embryology training programs. In addition, the Merck Foundation has trained more than 2,200 media representatives from more than 30 countries to raise community awareness, create cultural change, and break the stigma around infertility and infertile and childless women.

    The Merck Foundation has also been empowering childless and infertile women through its "Empowering Bern" initiative under the Merck Foundation's "More Than a Mother" movement. This initiative helps women who can no longer be treated for infertility by helping them train to set up small businesses so they can become independent and rebuild their lives. Through 'Empowering Bern', the lives of many infertile women have been transformed in many African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Niger, Malawi and many more.

    The Merck Foundation, in association with African First Ladies, also launched David's Story, a children's storybook that emphasizes strong family values ​​of love and respect from an early age that will reflect the removal of the stigma of infertility and resulting domestic violence in the future. Storybooks have been localized for each country to better connect with young readers. Read David's story here: https://bit.ly/3mCeC9A

    The Merck Foundation has also released more than 25 songs, many of these songs created with the goal of breaking the stigma of infertility, as part of its "More Than a Mother" campaign. Listen to some of the songs here:

    Watch, share and subscribe to the 'Plus qu'une MERE' composed and sung by Mrs. Lucky-Lou, the daughter of the president and first lady of Burundi: https://bit.ly/39jg3Xi Watch, share and subscribe to the song "More than a mother" by Cwesi Oteng and Adina from Ghana: https://bit.ly/3xBPrKu Watch, share and subscribe to the song "More than a mother" by HE George Weah, the president of the Republic of Liberia created to support the Merck Foundation's "More Than a Mother" movement: https://bit.ly/3NSHyWE

    Listen to all the songs from "More than a Mother" here: https://bit.ly/3zrrpmL

    “To address this important issue of breaking the stigma of infertility and also a wide range of other social issues, we launch the Merck Foundation's 'More Than a Mother' Awards annually in association with the African First Ladies. I would also like to invite the African Media, Fashion, Film and Musician Community, students and potential talents in these fields to apply for the awards this year, in order to create cultural change and break the silence on one or more of the following themes: Ending the Stigma of Infertility, Supporting Girls' Education, Empowering Women, Ending Child Marriage, Ending Female Genital Mutilation, and/or Ending Gender-Based Violence at All Levels. I look forward to receiving your creative work at submit@merck-foundation.com,” added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    “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 be informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” concluded Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

  •  Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the eighth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation on Saturday June 4 2022 on KTN Kenya repeated on every Wednesday and also on Sunday June 5th on NTV Uganda repeated every Thursday Our Africa by Merck Foundation also airs on hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV Program on KTN and NTV Kenya and Uganda – Eighth Episode Focuses on Sustainability Being a Shared Responsibility
     Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the eighth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation on Saturday June 4 2022 on KTN Kenya repeated on every Wednesday and also on Sunday June 5th on NTV Uganda repeated every Thursday Our Africa by Merck Foundation also airs on hellip
    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV Program on KTN and NTV Kenya and Uganda – Eighth Episode Focuses on Sustainability Being a Shared Responsibility
    Africa4 weeks ago

    “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV Program on KTN and NTV Kenya and Uganda – Eighth Episode Focuses on Sustainability Being a Shared Responsibility

    Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, launched the eighth episode of its TV show 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' on Saturday, June 4, 2022 on KTN, Kenya, repeated on every Wednesday and also on Sunday June 5th on NTV, Uganda, repeated every Thursday. “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” also airs on GH One TV in Ghana, every Sunday at 2pm. The eighth episode of the television program addressed the important theme of "Sustainability is a shared responsibility." Previous episodes have addressed diabetes prevention, breaking the stigma of infertility, supporting girls' education, promoting a healthy lifestyle, ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and coronavirus health awareness. . The TV show has received rave reviews from viewers and followers on social media.

    Watch the Eighth Episode promo here: https://bit.ly/3MqvquI Watch the Eighth Episode here: https://bit.ly/3mrd41V

    '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 fashion designers, singers and prominent guests from various domains. with the aim 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 happy to present to you the eighth episode of 'Our Africa of the Merck Foundation', with this episode our goal is to raise awareness about sustainability and environmental protection. environment through our 'Fashion and Art with Purpose' community. I am very happy that this episode aired close to World Environment Day 2022, which is celebrated on June 5th every year. I have always believed that fashion and art can be used as powerful tools to address and raise awareness of pressing health and social issues in our beloved Africa and beyond. Fashion and art serve a purpose beyond entertainment and looking good, and we need to make the most of these platforms to champion the causes we work for every day. The Merck Foundation works closely with Africa's media and arts communities to address and raise awareness of sensitive health and social issues, such as raising diabetes awareness, breaking the stigma of infertility, ending child marriage, stopping female genital mutilation, stop gender-based violence, support girls' education and women's empowerment and many more. . Together, we can be a voice for the voiceless and bring about positive change in our communities that will lead to cultural change in Africa.”

    The show airs on:

    - Every Saturday at 5:30 pm (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; repeats Wednesdays at 6:30am (EAT) - Every Sunday at 6:30pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda; repeats Thursday at 4:00 pm (EAT) - Every Sunday at 2 pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; runs again on Monday at 1:30 pm (GMT)

    Watch the 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' Promo here: https://bit.ly/3xA3kYH

    “'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' has received an overwhelming response from our viewers who watch the show on television. Our social networks are also flooded with beautiful messages from our fans around the world. All this attention is very valuable and inspiring to do more and do better. I am sure that the next episodes will also be well received,” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    Globally, the textile and apparel sector is one of the largest segments of the economy, contributing nearly $2.4 trillion to manufacturing and employing close to 300 million people worldwide. Fashion makes a considerable contribution to climate change. The fashion industry accounts for around 8-10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater. This means that the fashion industry consumes more energy than aviation and shipping combined.

    Sustainable Fashion is a term for clothing that is created and consumed in a way that can literally be sustained, while protecting both the environment and those who produce it. This is why reducing CO2 emissions, tackling overproduction, reducing pollution and waste, supporting biodiversity, and ensuring that garment workers are paid a fair wage and have safe working conditions are crucial to the scope of sustainability.

    “Sustainable fashion is a term that is being used more and more these days, as we are all aware of the serious environmental impact of our clothes. I am very proud that the local fashion industry in Africa is exploring new sustainable solutions and taking advantage of more traditional ones, which will enable them financially and protect the environment,” said Senator Dr. Rasha.

    This episode featured Nana Kwabena Anoff, African Artist in Sustainable Art, who showcased her unique and remarkable art pieces made from sustainable materials; Dr. Sabrina Devi Ramamy Iranah, Director of the Fashion and Design Institute, Mauritius and Jean Luc Emile, Managing Editor, Defimedia Group, Mauritius. Mauritian Young Fashion Designers: Desire Cedric Vincent and Deena Appaddo are also featured, who showcased their recyclable fashion designs with messages about environmental sustainability during this episode.

    Senator Dr. Rasha further explained, “At the Merck Foundation, we firmly believe that young people have many untapped potentials. We wish to unleash such capacities that will empower you and enable you to lead sustainable development and the Green Environmental Agenda for your countries and encourage others to lead a sustainable lifestyle and adapt to the impact of climate change. “Sustainability is a Shared Responsibility”.

    “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 be 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 Watch episode 6 here: https://bit.ly/3mp8t0t Watch episode 7 here: https:// bit.ly/3aFMHTh