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Merck Foundation unveils winners of  “MERCK More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017

Merck Foundation unveils winners of “MERCK More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017

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

The much awaited list of the Merck More Than a MotherMedia Recognition Awards 2017  winners is out.

Kenyan journalists swept almost all top prizes with NTV Kenya bagging the top award of USD5000 (Ksh500,000).

Out of the 11 journalists to be feted, nine are Kenyans with the other two coming from Mozambique and South Africa.

According to Merck Foundation CEO Dr. Rasha Kelej, the journalists shall be feted on July 9th 2018 at a ceremony to be held in Nairobi.

The ceremony shall be followed by a one day training on health reporting for several journalists drawn from several African countries.

See full list of the winners and prizes to be won.

First award winner for Multimedia segment goes to four journalists from NTV for the story: “A tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia“

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“Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017 top prize winners of Sh500,000


Pamela Asigi Former Head of News NTV Kenya


Namukabo L Werungah Kenyan journalist NTV Kenya



Doreen Magak Camera team NTV Kenya


Antony Wabwoba Camera team NTV Kenya









Award Prize of 5000 USD goes to the NTV production team for the winning story.

First award winner for Print media segment goes Gardy Chacha for the story: “Cecilia Wairimu: One woman, Three marriages, 11 years of Infertility“  

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Gardy Chacha 1st Award Winner Senior Health and Science Reporter Standard Newspaper Kenya Award Prize 1500 USD










First Award winner for Online media segment goes to Molatelo Mainetje form South Africa for her short film “Womb Man“

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Molatelo Mainetje 1st Award Winner News and Current Affair Producer and Documentary Filmmaker South Africa Award Prize 1500

Second Award Winner for Online Media segment went to famous Kenyan blogger Maryanne Waweru for her story: Patricia- “You Rather birth to a Mad Man, than Never having Given Birth at all.“ <<Read here>>


MARYANNE WAWERU-WANYAMA 2nd Award Winner Blogger- Mummy Tales and Maternal Health Advocate Kenya

First Award Winner for Radio segment went to Asha Bakidusa for her program on: “How family men supporting their spouses in cases of Infertility”

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Asha Bakidusa 1st Award Winner Journalist with Royal Media Services Limited Under Bahari FM Kenya Awards Prize 1500 USD

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

First Award winner for Online segment for  Media Students Category went to Lilian Kaivilu for the story: ‘The wrath of barrenness in Kamba culture’

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Lilian Kaivilu 1st Award Winner Freelance Journalist and Founder of Impacthib Media Linguistics Media and Communication Student at MOI University, Kenya Award Prize 1000 USD











Second Award winner for Online Media Segment for Media Students Category went to Stephanie Odhiambo for her article: Merck Foundation CEO, Rasha Kejel on course to fight for ‘infertile’ women.

Stephanie was an intern at Everest Media and Planning Solutions when she wrote the winning story. Her story was published at KenyaCurrent.com, a blog started and run by Everest Media and Planning Solutions Co-Founder and journalist, James Ratemo.

Also read: Amid agony that comes with an ’empty womb’, there is hope

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Stephanie Odhiambo 2nd Award Winner  Everest Media Solutions (KenyaCurrent.com)                   Day Star University Kenya










First Award winner for Print Media Segment for  Media Student Category for the story: “Infertility in the South of Mozambique“

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Sérgio Simão Raimundo 1st Award Winner Degree in Philosophy from Eduardo Mondlane University Mozambique Award Prize 1000 USD











SAVE THE DATE: Merck Health Media Training

cid:image008.jpg@01D400D0.0CC6F4F0 Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany starts its first Merck Health Media Training on 10th of July 2018 from 10:00 to 17:30 at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.

The training program is part of ‘Merck more than a Mother’ community awareness initiative. It is being organized to emphasize the important role that media plays to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to break the stigma around infertility in general and Infertile women in particular.

During the training program, Merck Foundation will announce the start of new hashtags #MenToo and #NotoInfertilityStigma to invite media from all over Africa to share its opinions and stories on social media about the topic.

“I am very happy to initiate this important training session and the two hashtags on the social media platform, inviting all media representatives to share it on their platforms.  #MenToo can be the cause of infertility #MenToo can suffer the infertility stigma and social pressure. #NoToInfertilityStigma for women and #Mentoo is the key message we wish to deliver”, explained Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck more than a Mother.

Merck Health Media Training Program is planned to follow the Merck more than a Mother Media Recognition Awards Ceremony which will be held on the 9th of July to recognize the winners from Kenya and East Africa.

Dr. Rasha Kelej further explained the reason of creating this award “We announced the ‘Merck More than a Mother Media Recognition Awards’ in 2017 with the aim to emphasize the role of media in enhancing the public engagement and understanding of infertility stigma and the need to change its social perception in African communities.”

Through the award ceremony, Merck Foundation will honor the winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Award 2017, for their outstanding journalistic coverage to break the stigma around infertility in African communities. The award ceremony will be attended by eminent media personalities, fertility experts, infertile women, award winners and other distinguished media people from across Africa.

“The Merck Health training program will focus on the international standards and media ethics for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Africa. It is designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues. We look forward to scaling this program to Francophone African countries and Asian counties in 2018” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

Merck Foundation will bring media from more than 15 African countries to come together to break the infertility stigma in the continent. The training would also provide an excellent opportunity for the journalists from Africa to network with each other and work as a unit to eradicate the stigma around infertility.

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.

The journalists from various African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Gambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Botswana, Liberia, Cameroon, Sierra Leona, etc. will be participating in the training.

About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign; In many Cultures, childless women suffer discrimination, stigma, and ostracism. Their inability to have children results in great isolation, disinheritance, and assaults. “Merck More Than a Mother” empowers such women through the access to information, health, change of mindsets and economic empowerment.

As part of this Campaign, we started “Empowering Berna” project in Africa to help childless and infertile women starting their own business and thus achieve financial independence and become stronger and happier. The project has benefited more than 1,000 women across the continent.

Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and Asia.

Merck Foundation provided for more than 50 candidates, three months to six months clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists in more than 29 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire , Ghana, Ethiopia , Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Zambia , Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Fuso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameron, Rwanda, Botswana,  DR Congo , Congo Brazzaville, Gambia , Nepal, Siri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, and Guinea.

Merck Foundation plan supported the establishment of the first public IVF centers in Ethiopia and Uganda through providing the clinical and practical training necessary for their staff. Merck Foundation also plans to support the establishment of the first public IVF in Tanzania soon.

“Merck more than a Mother” launched in 2015, is a program of the Merck Foundation, the foundation drives many of our initiatives and programs in the area of build health care and research capacity and improves access to equitable healthcare solutions.


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