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Dodoma [Tanzania]/Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 12 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with African First Ladies announced the winners of Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards "More Than a Mother" 2021.

The awards were announced by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother together with African First Ladies, who are also the Ambassadors of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother'. The theme of the awards was: Raising awareness about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility Stigma, and Empowering Girls and Women through Education.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation celebrated the winners saying "I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the winners of Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards 'More Than a Mother' 2021. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the African First Ladies for their consistent support as Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother. I appreciate all the efforts put in by the African Media Fraternity who became the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness about sensitive social and cultural issues such as Infertility stigma and girl education action, in the past year. I have always emphasized the prominent role of media as I strongly believe that both media and art have the capacity and ability to create a culture shift in our communities in a cost-effective way. I welcome all the winners to be members of our Merck Foundation Alumni and work closely with us to support and 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 introduced second and third positions in order to select more than one winner for different categories. The awards committee also announced Special Awards, to acknowledge the high quality of work received in more than one category by the same applicant and this to encourage their passion and dedication towards this noble cause.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, said, "I am very happy with the work showcased by all our winners; hence it gives me immense joy to announce that 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 that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. I encourage all the winners to be 'Merck Foundation More Than A Mother Advocate' to further raise awareness about infertility, eliminate the stigma around it and support girl education. I also welcome them as valuable members of 'Merck Foundation Alumni'.

She further added, "I would also like to announce the Call for Applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards 'More Than a Mother' 2022. I am looking forward to the entries from the Media Fraternity across Africa this year to write meaningful and influencing stories and reports to raise awareness and sensitize our communities about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility Stigma, Empowering GirlsWomen through Education. We shall soon share details on these awards for the upcoming year, 2022." Here is the list of Award Winners:Here are the winners from West African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of The Gambia, H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW; The First Lady of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO; The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH; and The First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI:WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Dzifa Tetteh Tay, The Spectator, GHANA-Ojoma Akor, Daily Trust Newspaper, NIGERIA SECOND Position:-Jonathan Donkor, Ghanaian Times, GHANA-Efia Akese, The Mirror, GHANATHIRD Position:-Yaw Asirifi-Twum, Freelance Journalist, GHANA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Never Garmah Lomo,, LIBERIA-Zadok Kwame Gyes, Daily Graphic / Graphic Online, GHANA SECOND Position:-Neta Kris Abiana Parsram And Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group Limited, GHANA-Benedicta Gyimaah Folley, Ghanaian Times, GHANA THIRD Position:-Agnes Opoku Sarong, New Times Corporation, GHANA-Bukola Afeni,, NIGERIA RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position:-Nyadror Adanuti Nelson, Diamond FM, Tamale (Northern Region), GHANA SECOND Position:-Never Garmah Lomo,, LIBERIA MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Alieu Ceesay, QTV Gambia, The GAMBIA SECOND Position:-Akua Oforiwa Darko, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GHANA THIRD Position:-Beatrice Senadju, Ghana Broadasting Corporation, GHANA Winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA: SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Sonja, Freelance Journalist at The Namibian Newspaper, NAMIBIA-Moses Mugugunyeki, The Standard, ZIMBABWE SECOND Position:-Memory Kutengule Chatonda, Weekend Nation, MALAWI THIRD Position:-Isaac Salima, Times Group, MALAWI ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Shireen Van Wyk, Freelance Journalist, NAMIBIA-Tendai Rupapa, The Herald, ZIMBABWE-John Manzongo, The Herald Newspaper, ZIMBABWE-Gracious Mugovera, The Patriot, ZIMBABWE SECOND Position:-June Shimuoshili, Unwrap.Online, NAMIBIA-Catherine Murombedzi Nee Mwauyakufa, The Observer, ZIMBABWE THIRD Position:-Eva Hatontola Chanda, Radio Christian Voice, ZAMBIARADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Prudence Chibale Siabana, Radio Phoenix, ZAMBIA SECOND Position:-Janet Mtali, Trans World Radio, MALAWI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Alepher kasongo, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation- MBC, MALAWI SECOND Position:-Brenard Mwanza, Luntha television, MALAWI Here are the winners from East African Countries:EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Christina Mwakangale, The Guardian, TANZANIA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS: FIRST Position:-Bridges Mugala,, KENYA-Veronica Romwald Mrema,, TANZANIA RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Adam Gabriel Hhando, CG FM Radio, TANZANIA-Victor Moturi, Pamoja FM, KENYA SECOND Position:-Jumbe Benjamin, KFM RADIO (Nation Media Group - Uganda), UGANDA THIRD Position:-Mercy Tyra Murengu, Atoo Sifa Fm-Kakuma, Stringer for Voice of America, KENYA MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY WINNERS:FIRST Position:-Walter Mwesigye, NTV Uganda, UGANDA-Zainab Mohammed, TV47 Kenya, KENYA SECOND Position:-Elizabeth Kadzo Gunga, Royal Media Services (Citizen TV), KENYA-Anne Njogu, Standard Media Group, KENYA Here are the winners from African French Speaking Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The First Lady of Central African Republic, H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA; The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI:AFRICAN FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Issa Moussa, Niger Times, NIGER-Iradukunda, Journal Le Renouveau du Burundi, BURUNDI SECOND Position:-Donat Muemba, Jua Magazine, DRC ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER-Bahwa Ferdinand, Le Journal Africa, BURUNDI-Ambrosine Memede Azododassi, Savoir News Agency, TOGO SECOND Position:-Brehima Traore,, MALI-Ngwa Keziah Fela, Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) Yaounde, CAMEROON RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position:-Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio Centrafrique, CAR-Ndayishimiye Cyriaque, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI-Magendero Benigne, RTV Buntu Buye, BURUNDI SECOND Position:-Stephane Kokanzo, Radio Centrafrique, CAR THIRD Position:-Innocent Ndihokubwayo, Radio Tv Buntu, BURUNDI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORYFIRST Position:-Donat Muemba, Jua Services / Jua Magazine, DRC-Matthias Kabuya Tshilumba, Radio Television Debout Kasai (RTDK) Mbuji-Mayi, DRC-Jean Nepomuscene Irambona, Radio-TV Buntu, BURUNDI Here are the Special Award WinnersSPECIAL AWARD WINNERS-Cassien Tribunal Aungane, DiplomacyDevelopment, DRC-Jessy NZENGU,With "Merck Foundation 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 Foundation 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 Foundation 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-'Merck Foundation More than a Mother' Song Awards-Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change itChildren storybook, localized for each countryClick on the link below to Download Merck Foundation AppJoin the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heardFacebook:This story is provided by BusinessWire India. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/BusinessWire India)

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