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KenyaCurrent.Com writer crowned in “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Awards 2017

KenyaCurrent.Com writer crowned in “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Awards 2017

Meet the Winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017

The list of winners of MERCK More Than a Mother” media recognition awards is out.

One of our own, Stephanie Odhiambo, who is also a student at Daystar University is among journalists to be feted by Merck Foundation for her story: Merck Foundation CEO, Rasha Kejel on course to fight for ‘infertile’ women.

Stephanie Odhiambo 2nd Award Winner, Online category for students, Everest Media and Planning Solutions (KenyaCurrent.com) Day Star University Kenya

Stephanie Odhiambo 2nd Award Winner, Online category for students, Everest Media and Planning Solutions (KenyaCurrent.com) Day Star University Kenya

Ms Odhiambo’s star has been brightened following the recognition from Merck Foundation.

She will be among journalists to be trained on health journalism and ethics which will be conducted by top media experts from Kenya, South Africa, India and Bangladesh. Also read: Merck Foundation unveils winners of “MERCK More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017

This July, MERCK invites media partners and winners to join them on the 9th of July 2018 for the ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Award Ceremony to be held at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya and subsequently on the 10th of July, for a media training on health journalism and ethics which will be conducted by top media experts from Kenya, South Africa, India and Bangladesh

Last year the MERCK Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed in 2017 with the aim of improving the health and well being of people, launched its first media awards dubbed “MERCK More Than a Mother” media recognition awards. The awards were meant to involve the media in the fight against the stigmatization of women living with infertility. Journalists were called across Africa and urged to do a piece about the less talked about condition.

“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care.

The winners

Meet the Winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017 for Professional Category

First award winner for the multimedia segment goes to Namukabo Werungah of NTV and her team, and walks away with 5000 USD. The second award goes to Musaka Abdalla Tiff of Record TV Network, Uganda.

First award winner for the print media segment goes to Gardy Chacha of The Standard newspaper and walks away with 1500 USD. Second award goes to Mashaka Bonifas Mgeta of Jambo Lee News, Tanzania.

First award winner for online media segment goes to Molatelo Mainetje of South Africa and walks away with 1500 USD. Second award goes to Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama of the Mummy blog, Kenya.

First award winner for the radio segment goes to Asha Bakidusa of Royal Media Services (Bahari FM) and walks away with 1500 USD.

“Merck more than a Mother” Media Recognition Award 2017 Winners for Media Students Category

First award winner for the online segment goes to Lilian Kaivilu of Moi University who walks away with 1000 USD. The second award goes to Stephanie Odhiambo of Daystar University.

First award winner for the print media segment goes to Sergio Simao Raimundo of Mozambique and walks away with 1000 USD.

Merck Foundation will conduct its first Merck Health Media Training for African journalists on 10th July, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on the international standards and media ethics for reporting the sensitive issues like infertility in Africa.

Merck Foundation appreciates the outstanding health journalism and seeks the support of Health media across Africa to achieve the objective of creating a culture shift and breaking stigma around infertility and infertile women.

“I strongly believe in the important role of media to address sensitive issues such as infertility and influence our societies to break the stigma of infertility and infertile women in Africa. Therefore Merck Foundation launched the ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards in 2017 to emphasize the role of media in enhancing the public engagement and understanding of infertility stigma and the need to create a culture shift and raise awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility in Africa.” Said Dr. Rasha Kelej, the CEO MERCK Foundation.

 

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