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Merck Foundation conducted their Annual Conference Presided by Ghana Head of State

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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany conducted the 6th Edition of 'Merck Africa Asia Luminary' in ACCRA, GHANA on 29th and 30th of October 2019.

It was co-chaired by H.E. Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

"I am delighted to host this prestigious conference in Ghana. This conference will help find solutions to address the problem of lack of healthcare capacity in African countries and ending stigma attached to infertility," said H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana.

"Merck Foundation is committed to support the social and economic development of Africa, Asia and developing countries by building healthcare capacity and improving access to innovative and equitable healthcare in the continent," said Prof Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG.

"I am delighted to host this prestigious conference in Ghana. I am very proud of our partnership with Merck Foundation through which we have been able to achieve many outcomes in the country for the social and economic welfare of our people. through my ambassadorship of Merck More than a Mother, we have been able to launch many initiatives to sensitize our communities about the sensitive issue of infertility and the stigma attached to it," said H.E. Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo, The First Lady of Ghana and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother.

Merck Foundation CEO, Dr Rasha Kelej welcomed the First Ladies and Ministers of Health, Gender, Information, Education and Science from more than 20 African Countries.

"Together with First Ladies of Africa and Ministers of different sectors, we worked on a strong strategy to build healthcare capacity and provide the necessary training to establish a strong platform of experts in Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Fertility care in their countries and define interventions to break infertility stigma. During the Luminary, the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Committee (MFFLI) was also conducted to discuss different topics of discussion, follow up, monitoring and decisions," said Dr Rasha Kelej.

The keynote address was delivered by H.E. Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo, The First Lady of Ghana along with

H.E. Denise Nkurunziza, the First Lady of the Republic of Burundi;

H.E. Brigitte Touadera, the First Lady of Central Africa Republic;

H.E. Hinda Deby Itno, the First Lady of Chad;

H.E. Clar Weah, the First Lady of Liberia;

H.E. Gertrude Mutharika, the First Lady of Malawi;

H.E. Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria;

H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone;

H.E. Esther Lungu, the First Lady of Zambia and

H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa, the First Lady of Zimbabwe

During the Inauguration Session on the 29th of October, two high-level Ministerial panel were conducted where the Ministers of Health, Information, Gender, Education and Science shared solutions and activities to help in Building Quality and Equitable Healthcare Capacity in Africa. Also, there was a discussion about Innovative initiatives to Sensitize Communities about Health and Sensitive Issues like infertility.

During Merck Africa Asia Luminary, more than 1000 Healthcare providers, policy makers, academia, researchers and health media from Sub- Saharan Africa, more than 50 English, French and Portuguese speaking countries benefitted from valuable educational and social development sessions by top International experts in diabetes, fertility, oncology, women health and cardiology with the aim to raise health awareness and improve disease management, early detection and prevention, build healthcare capacity and improve access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions across the continent.

During the conference, Merck Foundation also marked an important occasion; the 2nd Anniversary of Merck Foundation.

Winners of 'Merck More Than a Mother' Media Recognition, Fashion and Film Awards of Ghana were also announced during the Award ceremony on 29th of October night.

Moreover, a beautiful and empowering song composed by local Ghanaian singers was released with the aim to empower women in general and infertile women in particular.

Countries participating include: Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, CAR, Chad, DR Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Niger-Nigeria, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, UAE, USA, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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First Published: Fri, November 01 2019. 14:22 IST