Rasha Kelej

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Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of our partnership with The First Lady Of Democratic Republic of the Congo and welcome her as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother, and new member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative-MFFLI. With the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic, building healthcare capacity is of the highest importance, and through our partnership, we are planning to provide specialty training to equip the local doctors with the skills they need to improve access to equitable and quality healthcare solutions," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations, and on the occasion of 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women', We must work together to eliminate violence against women and girls once and for all," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation - 'Educating Katty' which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

ngrguardiannews Friday, November 27, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

guardian-ng Friday, November 27, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation – ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, November 27, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, November 15, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, November 14, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

guardian-ng Saturday, November 14, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

kenyastar Friday, November 13, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

kenyastar Friday, November 13, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

kualalumpurtimes Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

kualalumpurtimes Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : "It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

irishsun Friday, November 13, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

irishsun Friday, November 13, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

polandsun Friday, November 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

polandsun Friday, November 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research," External link

business-standard Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : “Our long-term commitment is to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the stigma of infertility in Malawi. We are also very proud to appoint The First Lady of Malawi as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother. We are going to work very closely with her and the Government of Malawi to make history together by providing training for the First Specialists in many fields such as Fertility, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Oncology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Respiratory and Acute Medicines with the aim to improve access to quality and equitable health care in the country,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

polandsun Monday, October 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

irishsun Monday, October 26, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

business-standard Monday, October 26, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

guardian-ng Monday, October 26, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, October 26, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, October 26, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, October 26, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I am very proud of our winners from Ghana and Nigeria who helped to educate the communities about COVID 19 through their exceptional work by frequently covering this topic in their respective countries. I have always believed that Media can play a very important role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners” External link

3NewsGhana Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. This is to motivate passionate journalists to continue writing and advocating for social, economic, and health issues across their countries” External link

dailytrust Friday, October 16, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of our winners. We received a tremendous response from African journalists in form of their entries. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive issues such as COVID-19, therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who frequently covered this topic in their countries," External link

business-standard Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners,” External link

4-traders Friday, October 9, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

polandsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

polandsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very proud of our valuable partnership with the African First ladies as 'Merck more than a Mother Ambassadors'. We have always believed in the importance of building healthcare capacity through providing training to healthcare providers in many medical specialties. This has been our strategy since we started in 2012 in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, much before the pandemic started. As a response to COVID 19 pandemic, we adopted online medical education strategy through providing more than 350 African doctors with one-year online diploma and two-year online master degree in many specialties such as: Respiratory Medicines and Acute medicines, Diabetes, Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Sexual and Reproductive Medicines. This is in addition to more than 500 African and Asian doctors who benefited from our original clinical training programs in Diabetes & Cardiovascular, Oncology, Fertility specialists, and embryology in India, Egypt, Kenya and Malaysia which will resume after the lockdown ends," External link

business-standard Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Therefore, we strongly believe that building professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries” External link

malawivoice Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volumes about the work we are doing" External link

business-standard Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

guardian-ng Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we strongly believe that building a professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries," External link

business-standard Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Therefore, we strongly believe that building professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, July 6, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "The situation in Liberia and other countries is of grave concern and needs immediate action. In this exceptionally difficult period, Merck Foundation decided to make community donations to those who are most affected; women, people living with disabilities, and casual workers, making it difficult for them to survive. Together with Liberia First Lady and Ambassador of Merck More than a Mother, we provided essential food and cleaning items; rice, cooking oil, soup, and other items for over 1600 people in Liberia," External link

business-standard Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : “It was very difficult especially during the lockdown, but they were all super cooperative and we finally did it together,” External link

timesofzambia Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I strongly believe it is important for the people on the front line; doctors, nurses and health workers know how grateful we are. I don’t want this to be a one-off thank you, but one that becomes a regular act of gratitude across our communities. I have heard stories of horrible behavior against our health workers, such as, landlords are forcefully evicting them due to paranoia that they might spread Covid-19. It is shocking, illegal and inhuman behaviour” External link

newtimes-RW Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very proud that I have been able to coordinate, direct and produce this gesture of support across 11 African countries through the 11 talented singers in three languages Arabic, English and French. They have amazing voicesgreat diversity; and are from countries from North, South, East and West Africa. It was very difficult specially during the lockdown, but they were all super cooperative and we finally did it together," External link

irishsun Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world," External link

irishsun Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, June 1, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, June 1, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “We are committed to enroll more doctors for these courses to be able to build a platform of hypertension and diabetes experts in underserved communities. These online courses is the right strategy to scale up our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare solutions widely and effectively especially during Coronavirus lockdown” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 22, 2020 11:18:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “We are committed to enroll more doctors for these courses to be able to build a platform of hypertension and diabetes experts in underserved communities. These online courses is the right strategy to scale up our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare solutions widely and effectively especially during Coronavirus lockdown” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone - both physically and mentally. While most countries are under a complete lockdown or restricted movement, people do not know how to handle this situation. Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus, however, it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Since most of the people are confined to their homes, they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms. Media professionals, it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental and physical health during these disturbing times, through your creative, informational and motivational work. You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, April 6, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researcherswomen researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researcherswomen researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researchers & women researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : “We will present the ‘Best Young African Researcher Award’ and the ‘Best African Woman Researcher Award’ to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 23, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, launching an inspiring children storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. Also, involving Fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project ‘Education Linda’, which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education.” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 13, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck More than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, the launching of an inspiring children's storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted in domestic violence in the future. Also, involving the fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project 'Education Linda', which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education" External link

irishsun Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck More than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, the launching of an inspiring children's storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted in domestic violence in the future. Also, involving the fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project 'Education Linda', which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education" External link

business-standard Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education . Also, launching an inspiring children storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. Also, involving Fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Award s for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project ‘Education Linda’ , which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education.” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

polandsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

polandsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

irishsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

irishsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

business-standard Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

business-standard Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

polandsun Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 3, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 2, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “I am happy and excited to announce to them the first on line diabetes management master program in Portuguese Language which is specially developed for African Portuguese speaking countries Angola and Mozambique. Merck Foundation is making history again. I am so proud of our work and impact in Africa” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Moreover, we conducted the first health media training in Chad to educate media on how to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention through their day to day work," External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities" External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues" External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Moreover, we conducted the first health media training in Chad to educate media on how to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention through their day to day work," External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities" External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues" External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, February 7, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, February 7, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘ Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, January 10, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘ Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 10, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art and circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The aim of this Initiative is to educate, engage and empower youth and young entrepreneurs through access to information and change of mindset in order to enrich their understanding of sustainability as well as support their new innovative and creative ideas in the sustainability space," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed five pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It's time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating 'Treasure from Trash' that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from an early age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop a true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally" External link

business-standard Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from early ages. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, December 20, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "This song especially is a very special song as it communicates the key message of 'Merck More Than a Mother' that women are more than just mothers. They are integral and indispensable members of society. Through this song, we have tried to portray the different roles women are playing and can play in our society. Through this song, I want to give out a message to all the girls to be dedicated and step into frontiers that are male-dominated. You can be a Doctor, Engineer, Judge, Scientist, Pilot, Banker, Investor, Minister and President. Believe in yourself, you can advance our Africa" External link

business-standard Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very happy with the passion that First Ladies have about girl education. I realize there's a need for more support as there are many brilliant girls out there who are struggling financially and socially to meet their educational needs. Therefore, we started 'Educating Linda' program to contribute to the future of these girls as part of the 'Merck More Than a Mother' campaign. I strongly believe that empowering women starts with education to enable them to be healthier, stronger and independent. Women are more than mothers" External link

business-standard Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Together with First Ladies of Africa and Ministers of different sectors, we worked on a strong strategy to build healthcare capacity and provide the necessary training to establish a strong platform of experts in Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Fertility care in their countries and define interventions to break infertility stigma. During the Luminary, the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee (MFFLI) was also conducted to discuss different topics of discussion, follow up, monitoring and decisions," External link

business-standard Friday, November 1, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence, we used this medium to address the issue of infertility with a special focus on male infertility to encourage men to speak up about their infertility and join the journey of building a happy family with their wives. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating in Burundi and rest of Africa” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence, we used this medium to address the issue of infertility with a special focus on male infertility to encourage men to speak up about their infertility and join the journey of building a happy family with their wives. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating in Burundi and the rest of Africa," External link

business-standard Monday, October 28, 2019 7:02:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “This high-level roundtable meeting will also provide networking opportunities to strengthen the research community and their impact on African society and media communication” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:27:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “No designer has ever, or would ever, say that he or she wanted to make things difficult for women. Fashion industry has already got enough flakes for being superficial. These awards are our efforts to change this perception and create a meaningful fashion trend aiming to educate our communities that ‘Fertility is a Shared Responsibility’ and ‘Women are more than just Mothers’ ” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, October 21, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

africanbrains Monday, October 14, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, October 11, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, October 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, October 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “More than 20 candidates from more than 12 countries are expected to join this program, annually. We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through shaping the landscape of Cancer care in the continent. My special thanks to Ministry of Higher Education, Egypt; National Cancer Institute and Cairo University for making this meeting a great success” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues," External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 16, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 16, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, September 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, September 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "I am very happy to launch together with The First Lady of Malawi, prof. Gertrude Mutharika and Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Merck Foundation's children story to emphasize strong family values of love and respect from young age which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. The story of Limbani and Takondwa is a story of a husband and wife who couldn't have children, but they never lost love or respect for each other, the man supported his wife during the fertility treatment journey and acknowledged that he too can be the cause of infertility and lived happily ever after. He also acknowledged that even if they both couldn't bring children for any reason that they will still love and respect each other's because they are more than parents," External link

business-standard Monday, August 26, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Reading Limbani's story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused - even if they are childless," External link

business-standard Monday, August 26, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

maravipost Friday, August 23, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

maravipost Friday, August 23, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 23, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 23, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, August 23, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, August 23, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility and other health issues in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility and other health issues in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

maravipost Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "It is very important for us to underscore our long term partnership with H.E. Prof Gertrude Mutharika, the First Lady of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother to build healthcare capacity in the country. We will be training Malawian doctors in the fields of Diabetes, Fertility and Cancer care in partnership with the Government of Malawi. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people of the continent" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The aim of this story is to emphasize strong family values of love and respect from young age. The story of Limbani and Takondwa is a story of a husband and wife who couldn't have children but they never lost love or respect for each other, the man supported his wife during the fertility treatment journey and acknowledged that he too can be the cause of infertility and lived happily ever after. He also acknowledged that even if they both couldn't bring children for any reason that they will still love and respect each other's because they are more than parents" "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching their children respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck more than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information. Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 19, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, July 19, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “It is important for parents and caregivers to start teaching their children respect and nurturing empathy at a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : "We want women and couples to have access to everything: information and health. We want to change their mindset around infertility and let them know they have a choice," External link

npr Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africanbrains Friday, July 5, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

africanbrains Friday, July 5, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop a true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Reading Kofi's story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help to prepare our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused --even if they are childless," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused even if they are childless” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “The training program is a part of ‘Merck More than a Mother’ community awareness Program and was organized for the first time in Guinea for local media representatives and media students” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Abubaker’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "We are very happy to underscore our long term commitment to building in Guinea. We are also very proud to acknowledge the great efforts of the Of as 'Merck More a Than a Mother' Ambassador. We are going to work closely with her to raise awareness about prevention, male infertility and define interventions to break infertility stigma. Moreover, we will continue to build healthcare capacity in the country by providing training to Guinean doctors in the fields of Fertility, and Care" External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a and Media Health Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry and Ministry of Communication and Information. Moreover, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country" External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "Merck foundation will also launch a cartoon story to educate children family values of love and respect and sensitize them about the great values of women since young ages. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards," External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry Health and Ministry of Communication & Information . Moreover, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. Merck foundation will also launch a cartoon story to educate children family values of love and respect and sensitize them about the great values of women since young ages. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "I am happy to work closely with Her Excellency First Lady of Guinea. We acknowledge her great efforts as 'Merck More Than a Mother' Ambassador to empower infertile women in the country. With the launch of our programs, we will underscore our long -term partnership to build healthcare capacity and train doctors in the fields of care" External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a and Media Health Training in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry and Ministry of Communication and Information. Creating songs and movies in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educates people across the country. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards," External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Another innovative initiative is to launch an inspiring cartoon storybook for children to empower our boys at the elementary level, to develop a true respect for women and teach them family values of love and respect and few facts about Infertility, prevention and how it affects both men and women equally" External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry Health and Ministry of Communication & Information. Creating songs and movies in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, June 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Another innovative initiative is to launch an inspiring cartoon story book for children to empower our boys at elementary level, to develop true respect for women and teach them family values of love and respect and few facts about Infertility, prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, June 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 27, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

business-standard Monday, May 27, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Merck Foundation launched 'Merck Hypertension Award' in 2016 in more than 40 African and Asian universities in partnership with health ministries, first ladies and academia. The winners are enrolled for One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine with University of South Wales, UK. The aim is to build a platform of hypertension experts in underserved communities" External link

irishsun Friday, May 17, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Margaret Kenyatta ) : "I am proud and elated to meet her excellency the of Kenya, Madam Margaret Kenyatta to discuss Merck Foundation's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people of Kenya by improving access to quality and equitable healthcare in the country by training more doctors in the fields of fertility, in Kenya and other African countries," External link

kenyastar Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:58:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Margaret Kenyatta ) : "I am proud and elated to meet her excellency the of Kenya, Madam Margaret Kenyatta to discuss Merck Foundation's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people of Kenya by improving access to quality and equitable healthcare in the country by training more doctors in the fields of fertility, in Kenya and other African countries," External link

business-standard Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud to with the African First ladies to become 'Merck More Than a Mother' and partner with them to build healthcare capacity, break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in education with special focus on STEM. During our strategy meeting, we shared experiences, discussed challenges and defined solutions to ensure continuous improvement and exchange variable aspects of different cultures in order to localize specific messages that can raise health awareness and create a culture shift to empower women and girls across Africa" External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:11:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will also cooperate with her office, her Angel of Hope Foundation and Ministry of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe to provide training for fertility specialists and embryologists and have the local expertise to empower the affected in Zimbabwe. There is a very important programme called Bluepoints where we are going to launch nationwide an online one-year diabetes diploma from South Wales University of Britain to educate the doctors on how to manage and prevent diabetes through a one-year diploma and the participants will be one from each of the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe” External link

herald Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:38:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

irishsun Monday, March 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

polandsun Monday, March 25, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, March 25, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We want to take this opportunity while we are marking to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At we do not only mark women's day today, but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation's DNA," External link

business-standard Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We want to take this opportunity while we are marking International Women’s Day to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At Merck Foundation we do not only mark women’s day today , but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation’s DNA” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, March 8, 2019 4:05:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We want to take this opportunity while we are marking International Women’s Day to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At Merck Foundation we do not only mark women’s day today , but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation’s DNA” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, March 8, 2019 3:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : “Film-makers, its time to showcase your talent and contribute towards making a difference in society with your unique films with strong and relevant messages about infertility,” External link

modernghana Monday, February 4, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I love fashion and I strongly believe that we will be able to select a creative design or designs that men and women would be proud to wear to show their contribution toward breaking the infertility stigma in their communities, villages, cities, across Africa and the rest of the world" External link

allafrica Saturday, February 2, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about National Film ) : “Few initiatives to get the desired culture shift include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with Ghana Journalism Society. Creating songs and movies in partnership with Ghanaian artists to address this topic and educate people across the country which will require supporting film making industry and students of the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of Infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved through supporting the young fashion designers and student of Ghana Fashion Academy to come up with innovative ideas to reach youth” External link

africanbrains Friday, January 18, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We are thankful to H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO for hosting Merck Luminary, the annual conference of Merck Foundation. It will be attended by more than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers, academia and researchers from over 60 African and Asian countries. The objective is to improve disease management, early detection and prevention, build healthcare and scientific research capacity and improve access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions across Africa and Asia," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about National Film ) : “Few initiatives to get the desired culture shift include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with Ghana Journalism Society. Creating songs and movies in partnership with Ghanaian artists to address this topic and educate people across the country which will require supporting film making industry and students of the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of Infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved through supporting the young fashion designers and student of Ghana Fashion Academy to come up with innovative ideas to reach youth” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT



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Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of our partnership with The First Lady Of Democratic Republic of the Congo and welcome her as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother, and new member of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative-MFFLI. With the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic, building healthcare capacity is of the highest importance, and through our partnership, we are planning to provide specialty training to equip the local doctors with the skills they need to improve access to equitable and quality healthcare solutions," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations, and on the occasion of 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women', We must work together to eliminate violence against women and girls once and for all," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation - 'Educating Katty' which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education," External link

business-standard Saturday, November 28, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

ngrguardiannews Friday, November 27, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

guardian-ng Friday, November 27, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We are also planning to support 20 girl students as part of Merck Foundation – ‘Educating Katty’ which aims to empower girls through education in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are closely working with The First Lady on this new program with the aim to empower girls through education” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, November 27, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, November 15, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, November 14, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

guardian-ng Saturday, November 14, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : “It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

kenyastar Friday, November 13, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

kenyastar Friday, November 13, 2020 10:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

kualalumpurtimes Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

kualalumpurtimes Friday, November 13, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Health Centre ) : "It is important to mention here that over 120 doctors have successfully completed the specialty training till today. The trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinic in their Health Centre or Hospital with the aim to help prevent and manage the disease in their respective communities. This will significantly help the people living with health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. We must not forget that they also fall under the coronavirus high risk group," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

business-standard Friday, November 13, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

irishsun Friday, November 13, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

irishsun Friday, November 13, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities," External link

polandsun Friday, November 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of 'Merck More than a Mother' and 'Educating Linda' programs," External link

polandsun Friday, November 13, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research," External link

business-standard Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : “Our long-term commitment is to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the stigma of infertility in Malawi. We are also very proud to appoint The First Lady of Malawi as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother. We are going to work very closely with her and the Government of Malawi to make history together by providing training for the First Specialists in many fields such as Fertility, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Oncology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Respiratory and Acute Medicines with the aim to improve access to quality and equitable health care in the country,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

polandsun Monday, October 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

irishsun Monday, October 26, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities," External link

business-standard Monday, October 26, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

guardian-ng Monday, October 26, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

ngrguardiannews Monday, October 26, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, October 26, 2020 2:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, October 26, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I am very proud of our winners from Ghana and Nigeria who helped to educate the communities about COVID 19 through their exceptional work by frequently covering this topic in their respective countries. I have always believed that Media can play a very important role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners” External link

3NewsGhana Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. This is to motivate passionate journalists to continue writing and advocating for social, economic, and health issues across their countries” External link

dailytrust Friday, October 16, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud of our winners. We received a tremendous response from African journalists in form of their entries. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive issues such as COVID-19, therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who frequently covered this topic in their countries," External link

business-standard Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners,” External link

4-traders Friday, October 9, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

polandsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

polandsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Merck Foundation will continue to provide medical training to doctors from Botswana in various medical specialties" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Therefore, Merck Foundation has initiated the online medical training and I am delighted to announce that we have so far enrolled over 420 African doctors to these courses with the aim to build a strong medical army across Africa and global South" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very proud of our valuable partnership with the African First ladies as 'Merck more than a Mother Ambassadors'. We have always believed in the importance of building healthcare capacity through providing training to healthcare providers in many medical specialties. This has been our strategy since we started in 2012 in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, much before the pandemic started. As a response to COVID 19 pandemic, we adopted online medical education strategy through providing more than 350 African doctors with one-year online diploma and two-year online master degree in many specialties such as: Respiratory Medicines and Acute medicines, Diabetes, Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Sexual and Reproductive Medicines. This is in addition to more than 500 African and Asian doctors who benefited from our original clinical training programs in Diabetes & Cardiovascular, Oncology, Fertility specialists, and embryology in India, Egypt, Kenya and Malaysia which will resume after the lockdown ends," External link

business-standard Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Therefore, we strongly believe that building professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries” External link

malawivoice Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volumes about the work we are doing" External link

business-standard Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

guardian-ng Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

ngrguardiannews Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The African First Ladies have partnered with Merck Foundation to lead and execute many initiatives in their respective countries as Merck More Than a Mother Ambassadors to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility. This speaks volume about the work we are doing” External link

AfricaNews-English Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Therefore, we strongly believe that building a professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries," External link

business-standard Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Therefore, we strongly believe that building professional healthcare capacity is the right strategy to address this pressing challenge. It is an on-going initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, July 6, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "The situation in Liberia and other countries is of grave concern and needs immediate action. In this exceptionally difficult period, Merck Foundation decided to make community donations to those who are most affected; women, people living with disabilities, and casual workers, making it difficult for them to survive. Together with Liberia First Lady and Ambassador of Merck More than a Mother, we provided essential food and cleaning items; rice, cooking oil, soup, and other items for over 1600 people in Liberia," External link

business-standard Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : “It was very difficult especially during the lockdown, but they were all super cooperative and we finally did it together,” External link

timesofzambia Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “I strongly believe it is important for the people on the front line; doctors, nurses and health workers know how grateful we are. I don’t want this to be a one-off thank you, but one that becomes a regular act of gratitude across our communities. I have heard stories of horrible behavior against our health workers, such as, landlords are forcefully evicting them due to paranoia that they might spread Covid-19. It is shocking, illegal and inhuman behaviour” External link

newtimes-RW Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very proud that I have been able to coordinate, direct and produce this gesture of support across 11 African countries through the 11 talented singers in three languages Arabic, English and French. They have amazing voicesgreat diversity; and are from countries from North, South, East and West Africa. It was very difficult specially during the lockdown, but they were all super cooperative and we finally did it together," External link

irishsun Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world," External link

irishsun Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, June 1, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Although I am not a professional director or producer as you all know, I have a different career as CEO of Merck Foundation, but I have previous experience in production and presenting TV programs in Abu Dhabi TV. I have also produced and directed many documentaries with the aim to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower women and girls in education in Africa and Asia as part of Merck Foundation programs. So, I believe I have the talent and experience needed. Most importantly, I have the vision of inclusive Africa, all regions of Africa; North, South, West and East in one work and one Initiative that goes across the whole continent and the whole world” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, June 1, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “We are committed to enroll more doctors for these courses to be able to build a platform of hypertension and diabetes experts in underserved communities. These online courses is the right strategy to scale up our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare solutions widely and effectively especially during Coronavirus lockdown” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 22, 2020 11:18:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “We are committed to enroll more doctors for these courses to be able to build a platform of hypertension and diabetes experts in underserved communities. These online courses is the right strategy to scale up our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare solutions widely and effectively especially during Coronavirus lockdown” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone - both physically and mentally. While most countries are under a complete lockdown or restricted movement, people do not know how to handle this situation. Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus, however, it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Since most of the people are confined to their homes, they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms. Media professionals, it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental and physical health during these disturbing times, through your creative, informational and motivational work. You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, April 6, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researcherswomen researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researcherswomen researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on 'The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development - Two emerging challenges in Africa'. The end objective is to empower African young researchers & women researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM" External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : "We will present the 'Best Young African Researcher Award' and the 'Best African Woman Researcher Award' to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)," External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Woman ) : “We will present the ‘Best Young African Researcher Award’ and the ‘Best African Woman Researcher Award’ to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 23, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, launching an inspiring children storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. Also, involving Fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project ‘Education Linda’, which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education.” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 13, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck More than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, the launching of an inspiring children's storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted in domestic violence in the future. Also, involving the fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project 'Education Linda', which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education" External link

irishsun Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck More than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Also, the launching of an inspiring children's storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted in domestic violence in the future. Also, involving the fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project 'Education Linda', which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education" External link

business-standard Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education . Also, launching an inspiring children storybook of Paulus and Limbikani to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. Also, involving Fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by out ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Award s for Namibia and rest of Africa. We will also be launching our special project ‘Education Linda’ , which helps young girls who are unprivileged but brilliant to continue their education.” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

polandsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

polandsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

irishsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

irishsun Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity for such girls to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. It has been seen that many girls drop out of school due to a lack of basic necessities such as fees and uniforms. Merck Foundation is supporting the education of some of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams" External link

business-standard Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "This is how we celebrate Women's Day every day. Empowering women and youth is part of Merck Foundation's DNA!" External link

business-standard Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

polandsun Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

irishsun Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa" External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 3, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 2, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “I am happy and excited to announce to them the first on line diabetes management master program in Portuguese Language which is specially developed for African Portuguese speaking countries Angola and Mozambique. Merck Foundation is making history again. I am so proud of our work and impact in Africa” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Moreover, we conducted the first health media training in Chad to educate media on how to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention through their day to day work," External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities" External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues" External link

business-standard Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Moreover, we conducted the first health media training in Chad to educate media on how to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention through their day to day work," External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities" External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues" External link

irishsun Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media is a critical partner that plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to empower infertile women and couples in our communities” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, February 7, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, February 7, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘ Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, January 10, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed 5 Pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It’s time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating ‘ Treasure from Trash’ that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers. Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art And circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 10, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Beautiful art pieces can be made by sorting and upcycling different kinds of waste; plastic, electronic, mechanics, woods, tyres and so on. We have discussed this creative concept during our meeting with African Leaders Sustainability Art and circular economy. And we agreed on certain program to raise awareness and advance sustainability products in the region. We should all work together to save our planet, in our own little way," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The aim of this Initiative is to educate, engage and empower youth and young entrepreneurs through access to information and change of mindset in order to enrich their understanding of sustainability as well as support their new innovative and creative ideas in the sustainability space," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "We will be taking the initiative further through the above listed five pillars. Few important aspects include educating the youth to start utilizing the waste in a meaningful way. It's time for everyone to be sensitive to the environment and understand the concept of creating 'Treasure from Trash' that has been introduced by many African artists and interior designers," External link

business-standard Friday, January 10, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from an early age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop a true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally" External link

business-standard Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from early ages. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, December 20, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "This song especially is a very special song as it communicates the key message of 'Merck More Than a Mother' that women are more than just mothers. They are integral and indispensable members of society. Through this song, we have tried to portray the different roles women are playing and can play in our society. Through this song, I want to give out a message to all the girls to be dedicated and step into frontiers that are male-dominated. You can be a Doctor, Engineer, Judge, Scientist, Pilot, Banker, Investor, Minister and President. Believe in yourself, you can advance our Africa" External link

business-standard Thursday, November 28, 2019 9:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am very happy with the passion that First Ladies have about girl education. I realize there's a need for more support as there are many brilliant girls out there who are struggling financially and socially to meet their educational needs. Therefore, we started 'Educating Linda' program to contribute to the future of these girls as part of the 'Merck More Than a Mother' campaign. I strongly believe that empowering women starts with education to enable them to be healthier, stronger and independent. Women are more than mothers" External link

business-standard Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:02:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Together with First Ladies of Africa and Ministers of different sectors, we worked on a strong strategy to build healthcare capacity and provide the necessary training to establish a strong platform of experts in Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Fertility care in their countries and define interventions to break infertility stigma. During the Luminary, the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee (MFFLI) was also conducted to discuss different topics of discussion, follow up, monitoring and decisions," External link

business-standard Friday, November 1, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence, we used this medium to address the issue of infertility with a special focus on male infertility to encourage men to speak up about their infertility and join the journey of building a happy family with their wives. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating in Burundi and rest of Africa” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence, we used this medium to address the issue of infertility with a special focus on male infertility to encourage men to speak up about their infertility and join the journey of building a happy family with their wives. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating in Burundi and the rest of Africa," External link

business-standard Monday, October 28, 2019 7:02:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “This high-level roundtable meeting will also provide networking opportunities to strengthen the research community and their impact on African society and media communication” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:27:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “No designer has ever, or would ever, say that he or she wanted to make things difficult for women. Fashion industry has already got enough flakes for being superficial. These awards are our efforts to change this perception and create a meaningful fashion trend aiming to educate our communities that ‘Fertility is a Shared Responsibility’ and ‘Women are more than just Mothers’ ” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, October 21, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

africanbrains Monday, October 14, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, October 11, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I believe that art can influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society. Art allows us to go beyond the boundaries of what we currently know or think. It can be used as a way to challenge society’s current beliefs, generate critical thinking and bring about a positive change. Music on its own has the ability to move people, provoke emotion, and think about any lyrics” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, October 11, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, October 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “More than 20 candidates from more than 12 countries are expected to join this program, annually. We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through shaping the landscape of Cancer care in the continent. My special thanks to Ministry of Higher Education, Egypt; National Cancer Institute and Cairo University for making this meeting a great success” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The Merck Health Media Training program focused on international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues," External link

business-standard Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 16, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 16, 2019 10:45:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “I am delighted to initiate this important training as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, September 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, September 16, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "I am very happy to launch together with The First Lady of Malawi, prof. Gertrude Mutharika and Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Merck Foundation's children story to emphasize strong family values of love and respect from young age which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and resulted domestic violence in the future. The story of Limbani and Takondwa is a story of a husband and wife who couldn't have children, but they never lost love or respect for each other, the man supported his wife during the fertility treatment journey and acknowledged that he too can be the cause of infertility and lived happily ever after. He also acknowledged that even if they both couldn't bring children for any reason that they will still love and respect each other's because they are more than parents," External link

business-standard Monday, August 26, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Reading Limbani's story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused - even if they are childless," External link

business-standard Monday, August 26, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

maravipost Friday, August 23, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

maravipost Friday, August 23, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 23, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 23, 2019 6:43:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behavior during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, August 23, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Limbani’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, August 23, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility and other health issues in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility and other health issues in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

maravipost Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:06:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "It is very important for us to underscore our long term partnership with H.E. Prof Gertrude Mutharika, the First Lady of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother to build healthcare capacity in the country. We will be training Malawian doctors in the fields of Diabetes, Fertility and Cancer care in partnership with the Government of Malawi. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people of the continent" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "The aim of this story is to emphasize strong family values of love and respect from young age. The story of Limbani and Takondwa is a story of a husband and wife who couldn't have children but they never lost love or respect for each other, the man supported his wife during the fertility treatment journey and acknowledged that he too can be the cause of infertility and lived happily ever after. He also acknowledged that even if they both couldn't bring children for any reason that they will still love and respect each other's because they are more than parents" "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching their children respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the 'Merck more than a Mother' Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information. Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards" External link

business-standard Friday, July 19, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 19, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the ‘ Merck more than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information . Also, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by launching ‘ Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, July 19, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : “It is important for parents and caregivers to start teaching their children respect and nurturing empathy at a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance,” External link

nyasatimes Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : "We want women and couples to have access to everything: information and health. We want to change their mindset around infertility and let them know they have a choice," External link

npr Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africanbrains Friday, July 5, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

africanbrains Friday, July 5, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "It's important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop a true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : "Reading Kofi's story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help to prepare our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused --even if they are childless," External link

business-standard Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Kofi’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused even if they are childless” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:56:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “The training program is a part of ‘Merck More than a Mother’ community awareness Program and was organized for the first time in Guinea for local media representatives and media students” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej concluded : “Reading Abubaker’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people Regardless of being parents or not. It will also help preparing our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "We are very happy to underscore our long term commitment to building in Guinea. We are also very proud to acknowledge the great efforts of the Of as 'Merck More a Than a Mother' Ambassador. We are going to work closely with her to raise awareness about prevention, male infertility and define interventions to break infertility stigma. Moreover, we will continue to build healthcare capacity in the country by providing training to Guinean doctors in the fields of Fertility, and Care" External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a and Media Health Training for the first time in the country in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry and Ministry of Communication and Information. Moreover, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country" External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "Merck foundation will also launch a cartoon story to educate children family values of love and respect and sensitize them about the great values of women since young ages. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards," External link

business-standard Friday, June 14, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training for the first time in the country in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry Health and Ministry of Communication & Information . Moreover, creating songs in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. Merck foundation will also launch a cartoon story to educate children family values of love and respect and sensitize them about the great values of women since young ages. In addition to involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards ” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "I am happy to work closely with Her Excellency First Lady of Guinea. We acknowledge her great efforts as 'Merck More Than a Mother' Ambassador to empower infertile women in the country. With the launch of our programs, we will underscore our long -term partnership to build healthcare capacity and train doctors in the fields of care" External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : "Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a and Media Health Training in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry and Ministry of Communication and Information. Creating songs and movies in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educates people across the country. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing 'Merck More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards," External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "Another innovative initiative is to launch an inspiring cartoon storybook for children to empower our boys at the elementary level, to develop a true respect for women and teach them family values of love and respect and few facts about Infertility, prevention and how it affects both men and women equally" External link

business-standard Friday, June 7, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained ( about Lady ) : “Few initiatives include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with The First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry Health and Ministry of Communication & Information. Creating songs and movies in partnership with local artists to address the stigma related to infertility and educate people across the country. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved by organizing ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, June 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “Another innovative initiative is to launch an inspiring cartoon story book for children to empower our boys at elementary level, to develop true respect for women and teach them family values of love and respect and few facts about Infertility, prevention and how it affects both men and women equally” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, June 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “The Merck Health Media Training program focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It was designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 27, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

business-standard Monday, May 27, 2019 5:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "Merck Foundation launched 'Merck Hypertension Award' in 2016 in more than 40 African and Asian universities in partnership with health ministries, first ladies and academia. The winners are enrolled for One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine with University of South Wales, UK. The aim is to build a platform of hypertension experts in underserved communities" External link

irishsun Friday, May 17, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Margaret Kenyatta ) : "I am proud and elated to meet her excellency the of Kenya, Madam Margaret Kenyatta to discuss Merck Foundation's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people of Kenya by improving access to quality and equitable healthcare in the country by training more doctors in the fields of fertility, in Kenya and other African countries," External link

kenyastar Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:58:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said ( about Margaret Kenyatta ) : "I am proud and elated to meet her excellency the of Kenya, Madam Margaret Kenyatta to discuss Merck Foundation's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people of Kenya by improving access to quality and equitable healthcare in the country by training more doctors in the fields of fertility, in Kenya and other African countries," External link

business-standard Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej said : "I am very proud to with the African First ladies to become 'Merck More Than a Mother' and partner with them to build healthcare capacity, break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in education with special focus on STEM. During our strategy meeting, we shared experiences, discussed challenges and defined solutions to ensure continuous improvement and exchange variable aspects of different cultures in order to localize specific messages that can raise health awareness and create a culture shift to empower women and girls across Africa" External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:11:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We will also cooperate with her office, her Angel of Hope Foundation and Ministry of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe to provide training for fertility specialists and embryologists and have the local expertise to empower the affected in Zimbabwe. There is a very important programme called Bluepoints where we are going to launch nationwide an online one-year diabetes diploma from South Wales University of Britain to educate the doctors on how to manage and prevent diabetes through a one-year diploma and the participants will be one from each of the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe” External link

herald Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:38:00 AM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

irishsun Monday, March 25, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : "I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community" External link

polandsun Monday, March 25, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, March 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej explained : “I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that media plays a significant role to influence our society to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, March 25, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We want to take this opportunity while we are marking to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At we do not only mark women's day today, but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation's DNA," External link

business-standard Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We want to take this opportunity while we are marking International Women’s Day to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At Merck Foundation we do not only mark women’s day today , but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation’s DNA” External link

africa-newsroom Friday, March 8, 2019 4:05:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : “We want to take this opportunity while we are marking International Women’s Day to remind all women that they are more than just mothers, and they are valuable members in society whether they can bring children or not. It is very sad to learn that women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers. At Merck Foundation we do not only mark women’s day today , but we celebrate women every day, empowering women and youth is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation’s DNA” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, March 8, 2019 3:52:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej says : “Film-makers, its time to showcase your talent and contribute towards making a difference in society with your unique films with strong and relevant messages about infertility,” External link

modernghana Monday, February 4, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "I love fashion and I strongly believe that we will be able to select a creative design or designs that men and women would be proud to wear to show their contribution toward breaking the infertility stigma in their communities, villages, cities, across Africa and the rest of the world" External link

allafrica Saturday, February 2, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about National Film ) : “Few initiatives to get the desired culture shift include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with Ghana Journalism Society. Creating songs and movies in partnership with Ghanaian artists to address this topic and educate people across the country which will require supporting film making industry and students of the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of Infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved through supporting the young fashion designers and student of Ghana Fashion Academy to come up with innovative ideas to reach youth” External link

africanbrains Friday, January 18, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added : "We are thankful to H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO for hosting Merck Luminary, the annual conference of Merck Foundation. It will be attended by more than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers, academia and researchers from over 60 African and Asian countries. The objective is to improve disease management, early detection and prevention, build healthcare and scientific research capacity and improve access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions across Africa and Asia," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Rasha Kelej added ( about National Film ) : “Few initiatives to get the desired culture shift include announcing the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Award and Media Health Training in partnership with Ghana Journalism Society. Creating songs and movies in partnership with Ghanaian artists to address this topic and educate people across the country which will require supporting film making industry and students of the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of Infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved through supporting the young fashion designers and student of Ghana Fashion Academy to come up with innovative ideas to reach youth” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT



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