Merck Foundation Launches First 'Merck Foundation Health Media Training' and Media and Fashion Awards in Partnership With the First Lady of Malawi to Break Infertility Stigma in the Country



Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany organized their first “Merck Foundation Health Media Training” in Lilongwe, Malawi in partnership with H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information to break the stigma around infertility in Malawi and rest of Africa.

Merck Foundation also announced the Call for Application of “Merck More Than a Mother” Fashion Awards from Malawi and rest of Africa.

“All Fashion Designers are invited to create a design with the aim to deliver strong and influential messages to empower infertile women and say “No to Infertility Stigma”.

Designs ideas can also deliver messages to encourage men to speak openly about their infertility, because 50% of infertility causes are due to male factor”, explained Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck More Than a Mother

Talking about the Health Media Training program Dr. Rasha Kelej explained, “This program is a part of ‘Merck More than a Mother’ community awareness Program and was organized for the first time in Malawi for local media representatives and media students.”

The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA emphasized, “We are happy to host this training program together with Merck Foundation. Media plays an important role is sensitizing our society. It can help in breaking the stigma around infertility.”

“It is important to initiate this important training program as I strongly believe that media has the capacity and ability to break the stigma around infertility in our communities in a regular and effective basis,” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

The training was addressed by The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, who is also the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck More Than a Mother and Hon. Mark Botomani, Minister of Information, Malawi. It was also addressed by Ministry of Health Officials and stalwarts of Media.

Moreover, it provided a great opportunity for the journalists to meet the experts and also to network with each other and work as a unit to eradicate the stigma around infertility and its resulted domestic violence in Malawi and rest of Africa.

The program was attended by journalists working for Print, TV, Radio and Online media and journalism students.

“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,” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation also announced Call for Application for “Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition Awards’ for Malawi and rest of Africa. The “Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition Awards’ were launched in 2017 with the aim to emphasize the role of media in enhancing the public engagement and understanding of infertility stigma and the need to change its social perception in African communities.

The applications are invited by media professionals to showcase their work to raise awareness about infertility prevention and breaking infertility stigma in Malawi.

About Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards

Who can apply?
Journalists from print, online, radio and multimedia platforms from Malawi and rest of Africa.

Last date of submission:
Entries can be submitted till 31st December 2019.
 
How to apply?
Entries can be submitted via email to  [email protected]
 
Categories and prize money for winners:

Category TV Radio Print Media Online Media
Prize Money USD 1000 USD 1000 USD 1000 USD 1000
 
About Merck More than a Mother’ Fashion Awards

Who can apply?
All Fashion Designers from Malawi and rest of Africa.
 
How to apply?
The applicants are requested to send the sketches of their creations as an attachment on email: [email protected]foundation.com .

Please mention the subject:
Merck Foundation Fashion Awards and add your name, your email and contact number.

Last date of submission:
Entries can be submitted till 31st December 2019.
 
The best 02 submissions will be selected by ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ committee. Winners will be granted $500 each to execute their designs.

Source : business-wire-india

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