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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced their long-term partnership with Malawi’s  First Lady Monica Chakwera, during their first Video Conference Summit of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI).


The MFFLI VC Summit was attended by 13 African first ladies to discuss their joint efforts to build healthcare capacity and strengthen the response to COVID-19 in the country and Africa at large.


Appreciating the programs of Merck Foundation, Madam Chakwera said: “I am very happy to be appointed as Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother. I will be fully supporting this campaign as The First Lady of Malawi, as a woman, this cause is very close to my heart.


“I will work in collaboration with our ministries to sensitize our communities, particularly in rural areas to better understand infertility hence to break the stigma around infertile women and to empower them through access to information, education, health, and change of mindset.”


Chakwera said she was “looking forward to building healthcare capacity in the country, through the programs of Merck Foundation, as it will contribute to the social and economic development of Malawi”.


In her remarks, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of he  Foundation said her organization was pleased to work with the First Lady.


“We are very happy to partner with the First Lady of Malawi, and underscore our long term commitment to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the stigma of infertility in Malawi.


“We are going to work very closely with her and the Government of Malawi to make history together by providing training for the First Specialists in many fields such as; Fertility, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Oncology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Respiratory and Acute Medicines with the aim to improve access to quality and equitable health care in the country,” she said.


Kalej added that Merck Foundation will continue their important program “Educating Linda” together with he First Lady to sponsor the education of 20 best performing girls in their secondary schools till they graduate.


“I truly believe that Education is Power and educating girls is empowering them to make their own decisions, stand up for their rights, and help them to access economic opportunities”, added  Kelej.


He Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted their first Video Conference Summit of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) to define and follow up on different joint programs that aims to advance public healthcare sector capacity and strengthen the response to COVID 19 in their countries. MBC.#MbcNewsLive.

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