During a video conference, Dr. Rasha Kelej conducted the Merck Foundation Award Ceremony to celebrate the Winners of Africa and Latin America “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards and welcome them to Merck Foundation Alumni.
81 Winners from 28 African Countries and 16 Winners from 4 Latin American Countries were felicitated by Merck Foundation CEO through the Virtual Award Ceremony.
Merck Foundation to advance Media capacity in Africa to improve their standard of reporting and advocating for Health, Social and Economic issues in their countries.
Merck Foundation Stay at Home Africa Media Recognition Awards Ceremony - VC 2020
13th November 2020: Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for African Countries, Latin American, and Asian Countries for their best media coverage of coronavirus. The main objective of these awards is to raise awareness of ‘How to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions.
The “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awardsfor Africa were introduced in partnership with African First Ladies of Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville, Angola and Mozambique.
Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation emphasizes, “I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become Merck Foundation Champions to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities”.
“Therefore, we welcome the winners as Merck Foundation Alumni, and hope that they will be working together to create a culture shift as a part of ‘Merck More than a Mother’ and ‘Educating Linda’ programs”, Rasha Kelej added.
Merck Foundation also rewarded all the winners by providing them with one-year access to an online educational training program called “MasterClass”. The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet.
Here is the list of winners:
Winners from Southern AfricanCountries in partnership with The First Lady ofMalawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; The First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU and The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:
Mwanaisha Makumbuli - Highlands FM Radio,TANZANIA(500 USD)
Kigongo Issa -Radio Bilal,UGANDA (300 USD)
Winners from French-speaking AfricanCountries in partnership with The First Lady ofCentral African Republic (CAR), H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA; The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The First Lady of Niger, H.E. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU:
FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES
ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:
Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo- Blog Lanoca, C.A.R.,(500 USD)And
Abdel Aziz Hali - La Presse de,TUNISIA(500 USD)
Alphonse Julio- Global News,BENIN (300 USD)And
Boris Esono Nwenfor - Pan African Vision, CAMEROON (300 USD)
Elise Nandrasanela- L'Express de Madagascar,MADAGASCAR (200 USD)And
Bahwa Ferdinand- Le Journal.Africa,BURUNDI (200 USD)
PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:
Issa Moussa- Niger Times,NIGER (500 USD)
Koami Agbetiafa - Niger Le Républicain,NIGER(300 USD)
RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS:
Salissou kaka- Saraounia FM,NIGER (500 USD)And
Boussanga Bissa- Radio Voix Du Paysan,BURKINA FASO(500 USD)
Mokwe Welisane Epse Nkeng Ngoneh- Cameroon Radio Television,CAMEROON (300 USD)
Winners from Portuguese-speaking AfricanCountries in partnership with The First Lady ofAngola, H.E. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO and The First Lady of Mozambique, H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI: