Merck Foundation CEO, Dr. Rasha Kelej has promised to utilize her influence to support and empower women, and support girl child education, and build healthcare capacity in Africa, Asia, and beyond.
She stated this as she made it to the list of 100 Most Influential African Women 2020.
Merck Foundation CEO, Rasha Kelej, featured in the list of 100 Most Influential African Women 2020, by Avance Media as part of “Be a Girl” Initiative for her efforts to build health care capacity in Africa and to empower girls in education to help them reach their potential and pursue their dreams.
Rasha Kelej has been recognized for her efforts through Merck Foundation programs to train thousands of African doctors, to support African communities during Coronavirus lockdown and to empower girls in education so that they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams through “Educating Linda” program.
Dr. Rasha Kelej is very well respected in the African Communities at all levels and this for her dedication and passion to unleash the potential of young Africans and her coherent strategy and implementation of serious programs that shape the Public healthcare landscape in Africa positively.
“More than a thousand young doctors from 35 countries have benefited from unique opportunities of specialty education in many fields such as diabetes, cardiovascular, endocrinology, sexual and productive medicines, respiratory, acute medicines, oncology, fertility, embryology, and scientific research.”
Dr. Rasha Kelej while speaking on the award said she felt honored and proud to receive the recognition.
“This is an important recognition not only for me but to Merck Foundation and our team. As an African and an Egyptian woman, I have a great passion for improving access to equitable and quality healthcare solutions for all Africans.”
” I am very lucky to work as CEO of Merck Foundation as I am empowered by them to realize our unique vision through such successful pan African programs in partnership with African First Ladies, to contribute to the future of these girls as part of our signature campaign “Merck More Than a Mother”.
“I strongly believe that empowering women starts with education, to enable them to be healthier, stronger, and independent.”
Dr Kelej said the recognition will encourage and motivate her to empower the talented girls of her beautiful continent.