Merck Foundation together with First Ladies of Congo, Niger, Chad and Mali announced ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards


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Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. DJÈNÈ CONDÉ, The First Lady of Guinea; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO; The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. Prof. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia; H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, The First Lady of Niger; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic; H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia; H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville; H.E. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana; H.E. Dr. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique and Former First Lady of Mauritania.

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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the call for applications for ‘STAY AT HOME’ MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS for French Speaking African Countries in partnership with H.E. MADAM DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo; H.E. MADAM AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, The First Lady of Niger; H.E. MADAM HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. MADAM ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville and H.E. MADAM AMÏNATA MAIGA KEÏTA, The First Lady of Mali.


Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “The ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Award will encourage media to sensitize our communities. Raising awareness about coronavirus in our communities will contribute to supporting health workers who are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, it will also enhance their great efforts in leading community dialogue to address fears and questions. Our hearts and thoughts are with them”.

“I am very proud to partner with the First Ladies of Africa in more than 15 countries to raise awareness about COVID 19 through our important partners, the media to be able to spectate facts from misconceptions and myth. This is very important during this unsettling period of our lives.” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

In Partnership with The First Lady of Chad, H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO

Dr. Kelej also emphasized on a very important issue in the current scenario, “The pandemic has led to a horrifying increase in violence against women. Women and girls are under higher risk of domestic violence due to increased tensions in the household. Moreover, school closures translate into a heightened burden of informal care within families, affecting women negatively more than men. Many of these women are currently trapped with their abusers, struggling to access any support service, they are lonely and suffering in silence. This issue also needs to be highlighted by the journalists”.

In Partnership with The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville, H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO

The awards are open to all the journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from French speaking African Countries. The awards have been also announced in English speaking, Portuguese Speaking and Arabic speaking African countries. The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitizing communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards.

Merck Foundation has also initiated these awards in Asian and middle eastern Countries.

In Partnership with The First Lady Democratic Republic of Congo, H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI

Details of the Merck Foundation “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

Who can Apply:
Journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries

Last date of submission:
Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2020

How to apply?
Entries can be submitted via Email to
Along with your details (including Name, Gender, Country, Media house, Email address & Mobile Number) and entry as an attachment

Categories and Prize Money:






Prize Money


USD 500

USD 500

USD 500

USD 500


In Partnership with The First Lady Mali, H.E. AMINATA MAIGA KEITA

In Partnership with The First Lady of Niger, H.E. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU


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