Merck Foundation More Than A Mother

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'Say No to Infertility Stigma'


“Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mindset. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for Fertility Specialists and Embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child

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“Merck Foundation More Than a Father” is a twin campaign of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother, which focuses on Fertility being a Shared Responsibility as infertility affects both men and women equally. About half of the causes of infertility are due to or include male factors.


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Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Song by Cwesi Oteng & Adina from Ghana

Dr Rasha Kelej's speech at Kofi's Story Launch in Ghana Merck Foundation 2019

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation Meets 100 Infertile Women in Central African Republic

Dr. Rasha Kelej interview with MBC, Egypt

Merck Foundation visits Merck more than a Mother heroines in Uganda

Dr. Rasha Kelej meets the Burundi First Lady, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE

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