Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of United States-based pharmaceutical tech company, Merck Germany, has this week launched a series of programs in partnership with The First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo to underscore their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country.
The launch also serves to finalize discussions about Merck Foundation’s annual conference, the 6th Edition of ‘Merck Africa Asia Luminary’, an event that will be co-chaired by Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation and The First Lady of Ghana later this year.
During the launch event, the Merck Foundation acknowledged The First Lady’s efforts as ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Ambassador in the country.
The Merck More Than a Mother campaign is an initiative that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets.
During a conference steering committee meeting, many new programs were finalized and launched in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Ghana.
“We are excited to partner with Merck Foundation and are happy with their strong commitment and the efficient execution of their programs in the country,” commented First Lady Akufo-Addo.
“These programs will prove very significant in creating an impact on our people’s advancement, as health is very critical to our social and economic development,” she added.
“We are very happy to award Her Excellency First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo for her great efforts to empower infertile women as the ambassador of Merck More than a Mother,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.
“We have also underscored our long-term partnership with her Foundation and Ministry of Health of Ghana to continue building healthcare capacity and train doctors in the fields of Diabetes, Hypertension, Fertility and cancer care. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people of the continent,” she added.
The 5th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary was presided by The President of Senegal, Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal. It was also attended by 9 African First Ladies and 12 Ministers of Health. More than 1,000 African healthcare providers from more than 60 countries benefited from several medical education sessions.
The Merck foundation has provided clinical training on fertility specialty over the past two years and will continue the program in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Health to improve access to quality and equitable fertility care in the country.
The Foundation will also continue enrolling doctors from Ghana in their two-year oncology fellowship program and master degree as a contribution to improve cancer care in the country.