Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on announcement of Zambia Media Recognition Awards in partnership with the First Lady of Zambia


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I am happy to share with you in partnership with the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, H. E. Madam ESTHER LUNGU, the Merck Foundation "Mask up with care" Media Recognition Award 2021 to mark the "World Health Day". This media recognition award will encourage media to sensitize our communities.

Raising awareness about coronavirus in our communities will also contribute to supporting health workers who are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high-quality, respectful treatment and care. Also, it will enhance their great efforts in leading community dialogue to address fears and questions.


Details of the Merck Foundation “MASK UP WITH CARE” Media Recognition Awards 2021 for Southern African English- Speaking countries:

Who can apply:

Journalists from Print, Radio, Online, and Multimedia platforms from Southern African English-Speaking Countries.

How to Apply:

Entries can be submitted via email to:

The Subject line of the mail should mention: Merck Foundation “MASK UP WITH CARE” Media Recognition Awards 2021

The last day to send your applications is 30th September 2021.

Please specify your name, country, category of application, and contact details in the mail.

I’m looking forward to valuable inputs from all media representatives of Southern African English-Speaking Countries.


Kind regards,

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej

CEO Merck Foundation

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