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


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Big congratulations to the winners of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Fashion Awards 2020 from Zambia. I am proud of our partnership with the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. Mrs. ESTHER LUNGU 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 Zambia are:
1. Nelly Banda
2. Ruth Chimbala
3. Cecilia Njobvu
4. Linda Ngwira
5. Naomi Soko
6. Gibstar Makangila
7. Kasonde Makangila


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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