Accra [Ghana]/ Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India], January 11 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the winners of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother' Africa Media Recognition Awards 2020. The awards were announced by Merck Foundation CEO in partnership with the First Ladies of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Niger, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Ghana, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Chad, Central African Republic, Burundi, and Botswana, who are also the Ambassadors of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother'.
Senator Dr. RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, President 'Merck More Than a Mother and African Woman of the Year 2020 celebrated the winners saying "Big congratulations to all the winners of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother' Africa Media Recognition Awards 2020. First, I'd like to thank my dear sisters, First ladies of Africa for their support as Ambassadors to make this award a great success. I am very proud to recognize and appreciate professional journalists who became the voice of the voiceless and the storytellers of infertile women and break the stigma around them and also raised awareness about male infertility. As you all know I strongly believe in the critical role that media and art play to create a culture shift and raise awareness about health, cultural and sensitive issues such as infertility stigma. I welcome all the winners to be member in our Merck Foundation Alumni to work closely with us to empower women and girls at all levels."Merck Foundation received a great response from African journalists in the form of several excellent entries. The 'Merck Foundation More Than A Mother' Awards Committee decided to create three Groups of Awards from English speaking countries. Hence, the six groups are: 1) Southern African Countries, 2) East African Countries, 3) West African Countries, 4) African French Speaking Countries, 5) Ghana, and 6) Zambia. Merck Foundation did not receive any entries from Portuguese speaking countries this year for this specific award.
The 'Merck Foundation More Than A Mother' Awards Committee further introduced a second and a third position and selected more than one winner in some categories. This was due to the high quality of work received and to encourage more talented and passionate media representatives across all media formats to reach their potential and be a beneficial instrument to address health, cultural and sensitive issues in the country.
Senator Dr. RashaKelej, Member of the Egyptian Senate (2020- 2025), Most Influential African (2019, 2020) and African Woman of the Year 2020 added, "I am happy to announce that, encouraged by the valuable contribution from the winners, Merck Foundation is additionally rewarding the winners by providing them with one year access to an online educational training program called'MasterClass'. The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet.
I encourage the winners to be the 'Merck Foundation More Than A Mother Advocate' to further raise awareness about infertility and eliminate the stigma around it. I also welcome them as valuable members of 'Merck Foundation Alumni'."Here is the list of Award Winners:Here are the winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; and The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIESPRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position: RoselyneSachiti, The Herald Newspaper, ZIMBABWESECOND Position: Memory Kutengule, Malawi News Agency, MALAWI Mugugunye Moses, The Standard, ZIMBABWETHIRD Position: Patrick Musir, The AfroNews, ZIMBABWE TakudzwaChihambakwe, Zimpapers Group, ZIMBABWESPECIAL AWARD FOR A NOVEL Nyasha Clementine Rwodzi, ZIMBABWEONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position: Sharon Kavhu, The Southern Times, NAMIBIA Gracious Mugovera, The Patriot, ZIMBABWESECOND Position: Happy Njalam'mano, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), MALAWITHIRD Position: John Manzongo, The Herald, ZIMBABWEMULTIMEDIA CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position: Abel Dzobo, HELA TV, ZIMBABWESECOND Position: Rosa Teixeira, Independent Journalist, NAMIBIARADIO CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position: Linda Banda, Chanco Community Radio, MALAWI Veronika Haulenga-Haufiku, Omulunga Radio, Future Group, NAMIBIA TashieMasawi, ZBC Radio Station Classic 263, ZIMBABWESECOND Position: Mathilde NdinelaoHinanifa, Independent Journalist, NAMIBIA IkemisetsengMarou, Radio Lesotho, LESOTHO Rutendo Makuti, ZBC Radio Zimbabwe, ZIMBABWETHIRD Position: Memory Nkwe Ndhlovu, ZBC Radio Station Classic 263, ZIMBABWEHere are the winners from West African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH; and The First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI:WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIESPRINT CATEGORY WINNERS: Chioma Obinna, Vanguard Media Limited, NIGERIAONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position: Martins Ifijeh, ThisDay Newspapers, NIGERIASECOND Position: Never G Lomo, New Public Trust, LIBERIA Chinedu Asadu, Cable Newspaper Limited, NIGERIARADIO CATEGORY Abubakar Sulaiman, Sawaba FM 104.9 Hadejia, NIGERIAHere are the winners from East African Countries:EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIESONLINE CATEGORY Sharon Kantengwa, The New Times, RWANDAMULTIMEDIA CATEGORY Walter Mwesigye, NTV, UGANDARADIO CATEGORY Mercy Tyra Murengu, Upendo FM, KENYAHere are the winners from African French Speaking Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI; The First Lady of Guinea Conakry, H.E. CONDE DJENE; and The First Lady of Niger, H.E. AISSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU:FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIESPRINT CATEGORYFIRST Position: Richard TAMONE, Le Standard, GUINEASECOND Position: KoamiAgbetiafa, Le Republicain, NIGERONLINE CATEGORYFIRST Position: Lokale Odia Prisca, ACTUALITE.CD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGOSECOND Position: Ndeye Fatou DieryDiagne, dierysquare.blogspot.com, SENEGALMULTIMEDIA CATEGORYFIRST Position: Fatou Fadiga, House Media RTG, GUINEASECOND Position: Jean NepomusceneIrambona, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDIRADIO CATEGORYFIRST Position: Remy Rukundo, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI MakanSoumaoro, ESPACE FORET, GUINEASECOND Position: MagenderoBenigne, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI Aminata Bah, GUINEA Innocent Ndihokubwayo, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDITHIRD Position: Paulette Mugisha, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI NZEYIMANA Emelyne, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDIHere are the winners from Ghana in partnership with The First Lady of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO:GHANAPRINT CATEGORYFIRST Position: Jonathan Donkor, The Ghanian TimesSECOND Position: Zadok Kwame Gyesi, Graphic OnlineTHIRD Position: Ama TekyiwaaAmpadu Agyeman, New Times CorporationONLINE CATEGORY Dzifa Tetteh Tay, New Times CorporationMULTIMEDIA CATEGORYFIRST Position: EsiBenewaaOtoo, TV 3 NetworkSECOND Position: Akua Oforiwa Darko, Ghana Broadcasting CorporationRADIO CATEGORY Doreen Ampofo, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation RadioHere are the winners from Zambia in partnership with The First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU:ZAMBIAPRINT CATEGORY Jessie Ngoma -Simengwa, Times of ZambiaMULTIMEDIA CATEGORY Effie Mphande, Zambia Broadcasting Corporation RadioRADIO CATEGORYJosias Muuba, Radio Musi-O-TunyaAbout 'Merck More Than a Mother' campaign"Merck More Than a Mother" is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable fertility care solutions. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, EducationGender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.
With "Merck More Than a Mother", we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility at all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It's all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.
The Ambassadors of "Merck More Than a Mother" are:Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck More than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as; 'Merck Foundation More than a Mother' Africa Media Recognition Awards and Health Media Training 'Merck Foundation More than a Mother' Fashion Awards 'Merck Foundation More than a Mother' Film Awards Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it Children storybook, localized for each countryClick on icon below to Download Merck Foundation AppJoin the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heardFacebook:Twitter: @YouTube:Instagram:Flickr:Website:This story is provided by BusinessWire India. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/BusinessWire India)