Merck Foundation has raced to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in partnership with 20 African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information and Education focusing on four main areas:
1. Community Support:Merck Foundation partners with African First Ladies supported livelihood of thousands of women and casual workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown.
2. Healthcare Capacity Building: Merck Foundation started Coronavirus healthcare capacity building by providing online one-year diplomas and two-year master’s degree in Respiratory Medicines and Acute Medicines for African Doctors
3. Community Awareness through media Awards: Merck Foundation announced, 'Mask Up with Care' Media Recognition Awards for media fraternity and "Make your Own Mask" Fashion Awards for the fashion community, with the aim to raise awareness on how to adapt best protection measures such as wearing your masks to show you care and love your family & community; to encourage your community to choose to vaccinate when it is available and to sensitize them to support healthcare workers who are at the forefront of COVID 19 pandemic.
4. Community awareness for Children and Youth: Merck Foundation launched an inspiring storybook ‘Making the Right Choice’ in partnership with African First Ladies to sensitize children and youth about Coronavirus.
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