Merck Foundation announces the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2019 to break Infertility Stigma

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Merck More Than a Mother' Media Recognition Awards.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2019.

The awards were initiated with the aim to recognize and appreciate African Journalists who have produced accurate, informative and compelling stories about infertility, infertile women or couples with that aim to raise awareness about infertility prevention and male infertility.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President Merck More Than a Mother emphasized “We are delighted to announce the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2019. We received a good response, in form of several entries from the journalists across Africa. Thus, the Merck More Than a Mother Committee decided to create three Groups of Awards so that we could equally encourage talented and passionate media representatives across the continent. Moreover, we decided to create and announce Special Awards to encourage young African emergent media talents”.


The three groups are:

1. French Speaking African Countries
2. Southern African Countries
3. East African Countries

“I congratulate all the winners and appreciate their valuable contribution in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma. I strongly believe that Media can play a significant role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues of infertility and stigma attached to it. It can also help raise awareness about male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Here is the list of Award Winners:

French Speaking African Countries:     

Name of the Journalist

Country

Media Category

Place of Work

Prize Money

Richard TAMONE

Guinea

Print

Le Standard

 

USD 500

Aimée NSHIMIRIMANA

Burundi

Radio

Iindépendent Journalist

 

USD 500

Makan Soumaoro

Guinea

Radio

-

USD 500

Jane Labous

Senegal

Film

Freelancer

USD 500

Fatou Fadiga

Guinea

Film

House Media RTG

USD 500


Special Award Winners:

Name of the Journalist

Country

Media Category

Place of Work

Prize Money

Schola Bigaranya

Burundi

Radio

RADIO TELEVISION NATIONALE DU BURUNDI

USD 200

DUSHIME Ornella

Burundi

Radio

Destiny FM Radio

USD 200

MAHEBURWA Gaspard

Burundi

Radio

Radio TV Buntu

USD 200

Divine Irakoze

Burundi

Radio

 

USD 200

Raphaël BIGIRIMANA

Burundi

Online

National Radio Television

USD 200

Espérance NDAYISENGA

Burundi

Online

Radio Télévision Nationale du Burundi

USD 200

Southern African Countries:
 

Name of the Journalist

Country

Media Category

Place of Work

Prize Money

Abel Dzobo

Zimbabwe

Multimedia

HELA TV

USD 500

Regina Kalinde

Zambia

Multimedia

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation

USD 500

John Manzongo

Zimbabwe

Online 

The Herald newspaper

USD 500

Memory Kutengule

Malawi

Online 

Malawi News Agency

USD 500

Mugugunye Moses Chigwa

Zimbabwe

Print

The Standard

USD 500

Jessie Ngoma -Simengwa

Zambia

Print

Times of Zambia

USD 500

Tashie masawi

Zimbabwe

Radio

ZBC radio station Classic 263

USD 500

Charles Chindongo

Malawi

Radio

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

USD 500


Special Award Winners:

Name of the Journalist

Country

Media Category

Place of Work

Prize Money

Patrick Musira

Zimbabwe

Print

Afro News

USD 200

Roselyne Sachiti

Zimbabwe

Print

The Herald

USD 200

Takudzwa Chihambakwe

Zimbabwe

Print

Zimpapers Group

USD 200

Rutendo Makuti

Zimbabwe

Radio

ZBC Radio

USD 200

Grace Nyenyezi Khombe

Malawi

Radio

Zodiak Broadcasting Station

USD 200

East African Countries:
 

Name of the Journalist

Country

Media Category

Place of Work

Prize Money

Kelvin Kamau Ngendo

Kenya

Print

Standard Media Group

USD 500

Gloria Aradi

Kenya

Print

The Standard Media Group

USD 500

Zahra Namuli Ssentongo

Uganda

Multimedia

NBS Television

USD 500

Namusoke Magezi

Uganda

Online

 -

USD 500

VERONICA ROMWALD MREMA

Tanzania

Online

MTANZANIA Newspaper

USD 500

Elizabeth Kadzo Gunga

Kenya

Multimedia

Citizen TV, Royal Media Services

USD 500

Dorcas Wangira

Kenya

Multimedia

Citizen TV, Royal Media Services

USD 500

Merck Foundation also announced the Call for Applications for ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2020.

The entries have been called from three groups:

  1. English Speaking African Countries
  2. French Speaking African Countries
  3. Portuguese Speaking African Countries


Last date of submission:
Entries can be submitted till 15th June 2020.

How to apply?
Entries can be submitted via email to mystory@merckmorethanamother.com  

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

About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign

“Merck More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck More Than a Mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. 

The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are:

Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, Guinea, Ethiopia and Uganda. 

Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck More than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as;

  • ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards and Health Media Training
  • ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Fashion Awards
  • ‘Merck More than a Mother’ Film Awards
  • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it
  • Children storybook, localized for each country

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