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Merck Foundation Health Media Training will be organized virtually in partnership with the Mauritius Media Trust Board for the Mauritian, Malagasy and Seychellois media to break the stigma of infertility and to support girls’ education and raise awareness about the coronavirus | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The Merck Foundation Health Media Training will be chaired by Senator Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Merck Foundation, to announce a call for nominations for 6 different awards for the media, film, fashion and music fraternity in Mauritius, Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles in order to break the stigma of infertility and to raise awareness of the coronavirus.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, in partnership with Media Trust Board, Mauritius lead Merck Foundation Health Media Training, in particular for Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles media fraternities. The objective of the training is to highlight the important role that the media play in breaking the stigma surrounding infertility, by addressing sensitive social and health issues such as addressing the stigma of infertility, empowering girls and women through education. In addition, in an unprecedented period, raise awareness about the coronavirus and best health prevention practices during this global pandemic.

Inviting the media to participate in the training, Senator Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother said: “I am happy to initiate this important training session as I firmly believe that the media play an important role in influencing our society to create cultural change. The media have the capacity and the capacity to break down the stigma surrounding infertility in the community and have played a vital role during the global pandemic. Merck Foundation, in partnership with Media Trust Board, Mauritius would like to invite media representatives from Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles to this important online training which focuses on international standards and media ethics for reporting social issues. and health sensitive and aims to be the voice of the voiceless in their communities ”.

“We are also offering one-year and two-year masters scholarships for physicians in respiratory medicine, intensive care and other specialties to improve healthcare for patients with coronavirus and risk groups. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with enthusiastic journalists from these 3 countries as the Merck Foundation advocates for the empowerment of infertile women and couples and to support the education of girls in their communities, ”added Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej.

Mr. Chayman Surajbali, Chairman of the Media Trust Board, Mauritius stressed, “We are proud of our partnership with the Merck Foundation and happy to launch the Merck Foundation Health Media Training, where the training will equip our media with sharp and specific media skills to write and deliver impactful stories about health and social problems. This initiative will help media representatives in our country to cover sensitive and social issues with better knowledge and will encourage them to be the voice of the voiceless in raising awareness about infertility and breaking down the stigma that surrounds it. We look forward to making this a big success with the Merck Foundation.

the Merck Foundation Health Media Training is part of Community Awareness Program “The Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” and will be addressed by top fertility experts and media stalwarts from Africa and Mauritius. The Health Media training invites journalists from print, television, radio and online media. So far, the Merck Foundation has trained 1,700 media representatives from over 30 countries in Africa and Latin America.

Journalists from Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles can apply to be part of the Merck Foundation Health Media Training via this link:

(https://bit.ly/3xGvdgu)

The training will also mark the announcement of two media recognition awards for the media fraternity of Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles, Merck Foundation ‘More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award 2021 and Merck Foundation ‘Mask Up With Care’ Media Recognition Award 2021; two prizes for the fashion fraternity of these countries, Merck Foundation Fashion Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation “Make Your Own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021; in addition to Merck Foundation Film Awards “More than a mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation Song Awards “More than a mother” 2021.

In addition, Merck Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Mauritius, underlined their commitment to strengthen health care capacity in Mauritius. Till today, 71 healthcare providers have received or will receive one-year and two-year masters scholarships in many critical and underserved specialties. Of which 32 medical graduates were enrolled in the fields of Oncology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, and Sexual and Reproductive Medicine. 39 other medical graduates have already been selected to be enrolled in PG diploma courses in many new underserved specialties including emergency and resuscitation medicine, gastroenterology, laparoscopic surgical skills, mental health: psychological therapies, orthopedic trauma, pediatrics, emergency medicine, advanced surgical practice, dermatology, neonatal medicine, pain management, psychiatry, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, internal medicine, neuroimaging for research, urology, orthopedics, rheumatology, cancer and clinical oncology, intensive care, general surgery and orthopedics and trauma.

Merck Foundation health media training will be broadcast live on 14e July, of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Gulf Standard Time) @ Merck Foundation Facebook page (https://bit.ly/32YFKpv) and Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej Facebook page (https://bit.ly/2U7WKc3).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Merck Foundation.

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About the “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” campaign:
“Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mindsets. This powerful campaign is helping governments shape policies to improve access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable fertility care solutions. It defines interventions aimed at breaking the stigma surrounding infertile women and raises awareness about the prevention, management of infertility and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, ministries of health, information, education and gender, universities, policy makers, international fertility societies, media and art, the initiative proposes also training for fertility specialists and embryologists to strengthen and advance fertility care capacities in Africa and developing countries.

With ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’, we have initiated a cultural change to destigmatize infertility at all levels: by raising awareness, by training local experts in fertility care and media, by strengthening the advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and Women Leaders and helping childless women to start their own small businesses. It’s about giving every woman the respect and help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without children.

The ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” are:

HE NEO JANE MASISI,
The First Lady of Botswana

HE FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, First Lady of The Gambia

HE MONICA GEINGOS, First Lady of Namibia

SE SIKA KABORE, The First Lady of Burkina Faso

SE REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana

HE AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria

SE ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE,

The First Lady of Burundi

HE CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry

SE FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone

BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of the Central African Republic

HE CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia

SE ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia

SE ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville

HE MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Malawi

SE AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, First Lady of Zimbabwe

HE DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, THE First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Congo

SE ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, First Lady of Mozambique

The Former First Lady of Burundi, SE DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The Former First Lady of Chad, HE HINDA DEBY ITNO, The Former First Lady of Malawi, HE PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA and The Former First Lady of Niger, SE AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU have successfully worked with The Merck Foundation as ambassadors of the Merck More Than a Mother Foundation to break the stigma of infertility and empower infertile women in their countries.

The Merck Foundation has launched innovative new initiatives to raise awareness in local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim of breaking the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as;

• “Merck Foundation More than a Mother” African Media Recognition Award and Health Media Training
• Fashion Prize “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”
• Prize for the film “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”
• Prize for the song “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”
• Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it
• Children’s storybook, localized for each country

About the Merck Foundation:
The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and well-being of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality and equitable health care solutions in underserved communities, building health and scientific research capacity, and empowering people in STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with a particular focus on women and young people. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by email at the same time as they are available on the Merck Foundation website. Please visit Merck-Foundation.com to learn more. For more information, contact our social networks: Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Facebook (bit.ly/2MU6Fht), Twitter (bit.ly/3scVf8t), Instagram (bit.ly/3boJ0jr), YouTube (bit.ly/3sf4aWX) and Flicker (bit.ly/3snPHZ8).


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