Merck Foundation said it will continue to break infertility stigma and support girl child Education across the globe.
Merck Foundation CEO and President of Merck Foundation More than a Mother, Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej said her foundation has been empowering infertile women, eliminate the stigma around infertility and empower girls and women in education, in their countries.
She made the disclosure at the 8th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2021.
According to her organization has provided scholarship in various medical specialities to 1100 Doctors from 42 countries.
While adding that they will not relent in rendering further assistance to mothers to and also support medical doctors in rendering good health care services to the populace.
She commended the African First ladies for partnering with Merck Foundation in making life easy for the residents of their countries.
“I am very proud to have 20 African First Ladies partnering with Merck Foundation and become Ambassadors of our unique and historic campaign “Merck Foundation more than a Mother” to eliminate stigma around infertility”.
The Conference was inaugurated by the President of theRepublic of Zambia, H.E. Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E.Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees.
While giving her Key note speech, Mrs Esther Lungu, said through the involvement of Merck Foundation, healthcare services is being transformed in Zambia.
“We are reshaping the healthcare landscape of Zambia, as together we have enrolled and provided training to more than 90 young doctors from all provinces with specialty training in the fields of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Respiratory, Acute medicines, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Fertility and Embryology. We are scaling up to more doctors and more critical specialties such as; Paediatric, Internal Medicines, and gastroenterology.”
She added that through several initiatives by the Foundation series of sensitization are being carried out regarding girl child education and eliminating stigma associated with infertility.