Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards “More Than a Mother”

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Watch Video - Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Health Media Training, Guinea 2019


Merck Foundation Health Media Training

The Merck Foundation Health Media Training is a part of the ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ community awareness Program. It is organized to emphasize the important role that media plays to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to break the stigma around infertility in general and Infertile women in particular, through their valuable work as well as raise awareness of Male Infertility and infertility prevention through the ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Father’ Campaign.

It is designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issue in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues and raise awareness by following international standards of reporting and media ethics.

The training is addressed by Fertility Experts and Eminent Media Personalities. It provides a great opportunity for the journalists to meet the experts and to network with each other and work as a unit to eradicate the stigma around infertility and achieve campaign goals.

Merck Foundation believes that that media plays a significant role to influence society and communities to create a cultural shift. It has the capacity and the ability to break the stigma around infertility in the community.

Merck Foundation Health Media Training has been previously organized in many African countries, including in Kenya, Senegal, Zambia, Burundi, Liberia, Niger, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Chad, Namibia, Guinea, Lesotho and Ghana. Merck Foundation, in partnership with the offices of the First Ladies and Ministry of Information, has so far trained over 1400 journalists from over 20 countries.

Merck Foundation in partnership with the African First Ladies announces the call for applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards "More Than a Mother" 2021.

 

Call for Application

Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021


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Theme: Raising Awareness about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility stigma, and Empowering Girls and Women through Education

Who can apply: Journalists from Print, Radio, Online, and Multimedia platforms from below groups:

  • Southern African Countries
  • East African Countries
  • African French Speaking Countries
  • African Portuguese Speaking Countries
  • West African Countries

Last date of Submission: Entries can be submitted till 30th August 2021

How to Apply: Entries can be submitted via email to submit@merck-foundation.com  

The Subject line of the mail should mention:
Africa Media Recognition Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021

Please specify your Name, Country, Category of application, and Contact details in the mail.

Sending multiple applications will increase the chances of winning the award.

  • The selection committee may decide to grant awards to more winners for each category based on the number and quality of applications received.
  • Special awards will be selected for young emerging talents who are able to show outstanding potential through their submissions.
  • Submissions should be published and available in the public domain in order to be eligible.
  • Winners will be notified personally via email, followed by a press release for public announcement and on the Merck Foundation and partners website and social media channels by the end of October 2021.

Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards "More Than a Mother" Committee:

The committee is formed to select the winners in an unbiased manner, based on evaluating the quality of information included to sensitize the communities about breaking the stigma of infertility, increase the respect of infertile and childless women, raise awareness about male infertility, provide information about infertility prevention and also empowering women & girls through education in a way that regular community member can comprehend in line with the objectives of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother campaign to raise awareness within the communities.

Chaired by:
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation and
President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother

Members:
Leonard Saika
Merck Foundation Program Senior Director

Mehak Handa
Merck Foundation Communication Manager

Kanaga Janani Chandrasekaran
Merck Foundation Community Awareness Coordinator

Linda Aryeetey
Merck Foundation Communication and Community Awareness Manager

Appel à Candidature
En partenariat avec S.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, La Première Dame de la République Démocratique du Congo

Call for Applications
In partnership with The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO

Call for Application
In partnership with The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi H.E. Mrs. MONICA CHAKWERA

Call for Application
In partnership with The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. Mrs. ESTHER LUNGU


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In partnership with The First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA


 

Winners of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards 2020

Merck Foundation is proud to share the list of winners for Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Africa Media Recognition Awards 2020. These winners have shared the best coverage that contributed towards breaking the infertility stigma in African countries.


 

Here is the list of Winners


 

Winners of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards 2019
Merck Foundation strongly believes in the critical role that media and art play to create a culture shift and raise awareness about health and sensitive issues such as infertility stigma. Therefore, we announced the ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards 2019.
 


Watch Video - Winners of Merck More Than a Mother Media Recognition Awards 2019, Ghana

 

Here is the list of Winners

 

Winners of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards 2017 & 2018

The awards were initiated with the aim to recognize and appreciate professional journalists and media students who have produced accurate, informative and compelling stories about infertility, infertile women or couples. We are delighted to honor the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2017 & 2018. We congratulate all the winners and thank all the journalists and media students who sent us their work.


Watch Video - Merck Foundation announces the winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017 and 2018
 
Here are the details of the Winners who hold the First Position from Professional Journalist’s category from each segment:

The First Award from the Multimedia Segment was conferred to Ms. Namukabo L Werungah and her team from NTV Kenya for their excellent story named A tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia’. 



The Second Award was given to Mr. Musaka Abdalla Tiff from Record TV Network, Uganda for his story named ‘Living with the burden of barrenness’.


The First Award from the Print Media Segment was received by Mr. Gardy Chacha, Senior Health and Science Reporter from Standard Newspaper, Kenya. He was selected for his soul-stirring story named Cecilia Wairimu: One woman, Three marriages, 11 years of Infertility’


The second award was given to Mr. Mashaka Bonifas Mgeta, Jambo Lee News, Tanzania for his story ‘Infertility Promotes Violence against Women in Tarime’.


The First Award from the Online Media Segment was given to Ms. Molatelo Mainetje, News and Current Affair Producer and Documentary Filmmaker from South Africa for her short film called ‘Womb Man’.


The Second Award was given to Ms. Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, Blogger- Mummy Tales and Maternal Health Advocate, Kenya for her story ‘You Rather birth to a Mad Man, than Never having Given Birth at all’.


Ms. Asha Bakidusa, Journalist with Royal Media Services Limited, Under Bahari FM, Kenya was given the First Award for the Radio Segment for her program on ‘How family men supporting their spouses in cases of Infertility’


Here are the details of First Award Winners from the Media Student’s Category from each segment:
 
The First Award from the Online Media Segment was bagged by Ms. Lilian Kaivilu, Freelance Journalist and Founder of Impacthub Media, Linguistics Media and Communication Student at MOI University, Kenya, for her story The wrath of barrenness in Kamba culture.



The Second Award was given to Ms. Stephanie Odhiambo, Everest Media Solution, Day Star University, Kenya for her story 'Merck Foundation CEO, Rasha Kelej on course to fight for ‘infertile’ women’.


The First Award from the Print Media Segment was given to Mr. Sérgio Simão Raimundo from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. He was selected for his story named Infertility in the South of Mozambique’.


 


Watch Video – Merck Foundation Mother Than a Mother Health Media Trainings in Africa 

A Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej for Merck More Than a Mother Health Media Training, Liberia 2019

 


H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe speech at Merck Foundation Health Media Training 2019


A Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej for Merck More Than a Mother Health Media Training, Ghana 2019
 


Merck More Than a Mother Health Media Training, Malawi 2019

 
 

Merck More Than a Mother Health Media Training, Burundi 2019