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Merck Foundation launches first ‘Merck Health Media Training’ in partnership with First Lady

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation speaking at the launch of the first Merck Health Media Training. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

CONAKRY, Guinea – Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany organized their first “Merck Foundation Health Media Training” in Conakry, Guinea in partnership with H.E. Djene Conde, the First Lady of Guinea and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information and Communication to break the stigma around infertility in Guinea and rest of Africa.

“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” explained Dr. Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck More than a Mother.

“Media plays an important role is sensitizing the society. It can help in breaking the stigma around infertility. I am delighted to initiate this important training session as I strongly believe that the 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,” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

The training was addressed by the First Lady of Guinea, who is also the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Foundation and Hon. Amara Somparé, Minister of Information and Communication, Guinea. It was also addressed by stalwarts of Media and top Infertility experts.

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 in Guinea and rest of Africa. It was attended by journalists working for Print, TV, Radio and Online media and journalism students.

Dr. Rasha Kelej and H.E. Djene Conde, the First Lady of Guinea respectively at the launch of the first Merck Health Media Training. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

“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” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation also announced Call for Application for “Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition Awards’ for Guinea 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 Guinea and rest of Africa.

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

Last date of submission: Entries can be submitted till 30th October 2019 through mystory@merckmorethanamother.com.

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