The Merck Foundation has committed to building healthcare capacity and improving access to innovative and equitable healthcare solutions across Tanzania.
Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO, Merck Foundation noted the high prevalence of infertility on the continent saying, ” One in every four couples in reproductive age suffers from infertility and yet around 85 per cent of those cases are due to untreated infectious disease which can be prevented, hence raising awareness about prevention through local media and social media is very critical”.
The philanthropic organization of leading science and technology company Merck Group aims to improve the health and well-being of people and advance their lives through science and technology.
It will empower infertile women through access to information, awareness, health and mindset change and economic empowerment through its ‘ Merck More than a Mother’ campaign.
The campaign will raise awareness about male infertility as infertility equally affects both genders, encourage men to openly discuss their infertility and share the journey of diagnosis and treatment with their wives.
The Foundation will also provide Tanzanian doctors with one and two-year surgical and pediatric oncology fellowship programs in Indi, Europe and the University of Nairobi to improve their cancer care skills.
“Tanzania welcomes Merck Foundation to the country, we are happy to partner with such reputable and serious organization top empower women and you, healthcare and science,” Tanzania’s Vice President, Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan said, commending the Foundation’s role in healthcare capacity building in Africa.
The ‘Merck More than a Mother’ campaign is currently in its second year in Uganda. Through its ‘Empowering Berna’ project, it empowers infertile women socially and economically in partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Health. In February 2017, Merck inaugurated small businesses established to support infertile women across Uganda.