About Merck Foundation More Than A Mother


Merck Foundation More Than a Mother
'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 mind-sets. 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.

The Ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” are:

Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had Fertility specialists or specialized Fertility clinics before ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ intervention, by training the first Fertility Specialists and Embryologists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, Guinea, Burundi and Malawi. Merck Foundation supported the training of the staff of the first public IVF centers in Ethiopia, Myanmar and Rwanda.


Merck Foundation launched new initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile and childless women as part of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as;

  • Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards “More Than a Mother” and Merck Foundation Health Media Training.
  • Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother”.
  • Merck Foundation FILM AWARDS “More Than a Mother”.
  • Merck Foundation SONG Awards “More Than a Mother”. 
  • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it.
  • Children storybook, localized for each country.

Watch Below videos of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Launch in African Countries :

Merck Foundation Burundi Annual Summit 2021
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Merck Foundation CEO at Merck Foundation Zimbabwe Annual Summit 2021
Dr. Rasha Kelej speech during Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Health Media Training in Malawi 2019
Merck Foundation Ghana Launch of 'Merck More than a Mother' Program
Hon. Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health Uganda applauded the efforts of Merck Foundation
Ghana One TV Coverage of Merck Foundation Launch of More than a Mother to break infertility stigma
Ghana Health Media Training Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej
Liberia Health Media Training Message from Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation
H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA speech during Merck Foundation Launch in Burundi.
Dr. Rasha Kelej speech during Launch of Merck Foundation in Burundi.