Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej celebrating the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards 2020 with The First Ladies of Ghana and Nigeria

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I am very proud of our winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards 2020 from Ghana in partnership with H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDOThe First Lady of Ghana and for Nigeria in partnership with H.E. Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria; who are also the Ambassadors of Merck More Than a Mother. The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions.

Big congratulations to all the winners who helped to educate the communities about COVID 19 through their exceptional work by frequently covering this topic in their respective countries.

Here are the winners from Ghana and Nigeria in partnership with The First Lady of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO and The First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI in the below four categories:
1. Online Category
2. Print Category
3. Multimedia Category
4. Radio Category


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The Merck Foundation Media Awards Committee introduced a second and a third position and selected more than one winner, on some occasions, for each of the Four Categories i.e. online, print, multimedia, and radio. This was due to the high quality of work received from the participants and to encourage more talented and passionate media representatives across all the formats of media in the continent.

Moreover, the valuable contribution from the winners in sensitizing their respective communities about COVID 19 has encouraged us to additionally reward them all to become Merck Foundation Alumni and provide 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. This offering from Merck Foundation aims to motivate passionate journalists to continue writing and advocating for social, economic and health issues across their countries.

Many congratulations to all the winners again and we look forward to a long-term contribution to further raise awareness and be the voice of the voiceless, particularly during such a global health pandemic.


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Kind regards,
Dr. Rasha Kelej,
CEO of Merck Foundation
President of Merck More Than A Mother
One of The Most Influential Africans ( 2019 & 2020 )
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