Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on partnership with Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) to build fertility care capacity and advocacy in Africa


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We are very happy to partner with an important and inclusive Society like Africa Reproductive Care Society with the aim not to only provide scientific and clinics training to African Doctors and Embryologists but to also build advocacy to break the stigma of infertility and raise awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility in Africa as part of Merck Foundation More than a Mother campaign.  

We at Merck Foundation, have partnered with 20 African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education, Communication and Genders, Academia, Media & Art communities to achieve our goals to transform the landscape of fertility care in Africa, and we have achieved very important milestones. We announced our partnership with ARCS during our 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary on 29th April 2021 in the Fertility and Reproductive care session. I believe with our new partnership with ARCS we will continue our efforts and address different aspects of this topic.

I invite all fertility care experts & embryologists, media experts, fashion designers who are our Merck Foundation Alumni to join this society. Also, I invite policymakers, community leaders and members, singers, and filmmakers to apply for the membership which is free and inclusive for all Africa.


Kind regards,
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej,
CEO of Merck Foundation
President of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary

President of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’


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