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ninth version of the Merck Basis Africa Asia Luminary 2022 – Information from Africa

Teacher. dr Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej and the African First Ladies of Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Angola and the Central African Republic inaugurate the 9th edition of the Merck Foundation (www.merck-foundation .com) Africa Asia Luminary 2022.

African First Ladies from Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Central African Republic celebrated World Diabetes Day and 5 their partnership programs with the Merck Foundation to build capacity in Build healthcare, support girls’ education and break the stigma surrounding infertility.

More than 10,000 attendees, including healthcare providers, policymakers, researchers, academics and media representatives from 70 English, French, Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries, attended the Luminaire via a hybrid on-site and online to learn from scientific and social information benefit sessions to address social issues and improve healthcare capacity in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties.

Celebrating the Merck Foundation’s 5th anniversary and 10 year journey of its development programs during Luminaire 2022.

The Merck Foundation reported on the impact of awarding 1,470 grants to physicians from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as: oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular prevention, endocrinology, fertility, embryology, reproductive care, respiratory care, acute and critical care, neonatal care, pediatric Emergency, Advanced Surgery, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Palliative Care and Management Burden of Pain and more.

The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, organized its annual conference, the 9th edition of “ Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary » on November 15th and 16th, 2022 as a hybrid model, personally and online. The conference was opened by Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​​​Chairman of the Management Board of E.Merck KG and of the Board of Trustees of the Merck Foundation, and Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chairwoman of the Merck Foundation and President of the Merck Foundation Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary and African First Ladies from 13 countries;

  • HE Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, the First Lady of the Republic of Botswana
  • ER Madame ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, the First Lady of the Republic of Burundi
  • ER Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, the First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • HE Mrs. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, the First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia
  • HE Mrs. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana
  • HE Mrs. CLAR MARIE WEAH, the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia
  • HE Mrs. MONICA CHAKWERA, the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi
  • HE Mrs. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, the First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique
  • ER Mrs. MONICA GEINGOS, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia
  • SE Dr. FATIMA MAADA BIO, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • HE Mrs. MUTINTA HICHILEMA, the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia
  • SE Dr. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO, First Lady of the Republic of Angola
  • ER Madame BRIGITTE TOUADERA, the First Lady of the Central African Republic

Teacher. dr Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​​​Chairman of the Board of Management of E.Merck KG and of the Board of Trustees of the Merck Foundation, said: ” I also welcome and thank our partners, African first ladies and health professionals, policymakers, academics and media from over 70 countries for joining us in realizing the vision of the Merck Foundation. We have achieved great success together and will continue our efforts TU more “.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej stressed: “ I am very proud to welcome our guests of honor and keynote speakers, the First Ladies from 13 African countries. Together we shared experiences and discussed the impact of our health and media capacity building and awareness raising programs on a wide range of sensitive and critical health and social issues such as supporting education for girls, ending child marriage, ending gender-based violence and overcoming the stigma surrounding infertility, ending FGM, empowering women and raising awareness of diabetes “.

This is the first time we’ve held our annual in-person conference in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, and it’s also the first time we’ve conducted it in a hybrid model (in-person and online) to allow for more than 10,000 attendees over 70 countries to meet safely and effectively to discuss strategies and solutions to health problems in their countries, with the aim of changing the landscape of patient care and building media and healthcare capacity. I am proud that the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 1470 grants to young physicians from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties. Many of them become their country’s first specialists. We write history together added Senator Kelej.

During the 9th edition of the Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, First Ladies from 13 African countries, also Merck Foundation Ambassadors “ More than a mother celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Merck Foundation and marked the 10-year journey of the Merck Foundation’s development programs that began in 2012.

They also celebrated World Diabetes Day together, to which Senator Rasha dedicated a special song ” No more diabetes and a fairy tale book sugar sugar in three languages: English, French and Portuguese to support a culture shift towards healthy lifestyles, sugar-free eating, healthy eating and regular exercise to prevent and better manage diabetes.

On November 15, 2022, the Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary Plenary Session 2022 was held, which featured a high-level meeting of the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit.

On November 16, 2022, five sessions including four major medical and scientific sessions were held in parallel on diabetes and hypertension, oncology, fertility and reproductive care and medical capacity building of other specialties such as ; Ventilation and acute care, pediatric and neonatal emergency care and more.

A Merck Foundation health media training course for journalists was also held on the day to highlight the important role they play in influencing our society to bring about cultural change, with the goal of breaking the stigma of infertility, education of girls, stop gender-based violence, end child marriage, end FGM and empower women at all levels. More than 200 journalists took part in the training.

Countries participating in the 9th edition of the Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary included:

Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Cambodia, Chad, Ivory Coast, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea – Bissau, Guinea – Conakry, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more.

The 9th edition of the Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was broadcast live on social media by the Merck Foundation and Senator Dr. Transferred to Rasha Kelej.

Link to Facebook livestream of the inaugural session of the Merck Africa Asia Luminary Foundation and African First Ladies High Level Panel: https://bit.ly/3AUzP6n

The Merck Foundation is changing the landscape of patient care and making history with its partners in Africa, Asia and beyond by:

  • Over 1,470 Merck Foundation grants to physicians from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties.

The Merck Foundation is also creating cultural change and breaking the silence on a wide range of social and health issues in Africa and underserved communities:

  • More than 2200 media professionals from over 50 countries have been trained to raise awareness of various social and health issues
  • 8 different awards are presented each year for best media coverage, fashion designer, film and song
  • about 30 songs by local singers across Africa, dealing with health and social issues
  • 8 storybooks for children in three languages ​​- English, French and Portuguese
  • Pan-African TV show “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” addressing social and health issues in Africa through the “Fashion and Art with a Purpose” community
  • more than 1000 girls from 15 African countries who are supported by scholarships or school items every year.
  • 9 social media channels with over 5 million subscribers

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