Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, announcing winners of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother' Fashion Awards 2020 from Namibia


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Big congratulations to the winners of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Fashion Awards 2020 from Namibia. I am proud of our partnership with the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Mrs. MONICA GEINGOS, who is also the Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother.


All the winning designs created a design that delivered strong and influential messages to empower infertile women and say “No to Infertility Stigma” and to encourage men to speak openly about their infertility because 50% of infertility cases are due to male factor.


The winners of Namibia are:
1. Linrico Humphries
2. Stephany-Lee Schmidt
Aina Shigwedha
4. Hope Gowera
Joel Musasa
6. Eugenia Benard
Paulton Luciano Witbooi


I appreciate the valuable contribution of all award winners in sensitizing the African communities about infertility stigma and look forward to a long-term contribution from each of you as ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Advocate’ to break the stigma around infertility stigma and infertile women in your country and Africa. I welcome you all as Merck Foundation Alumni.


Kind regards,

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej

CEO of Merck Foundation

President of 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother'




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