Global drugs firm addresses infertility in Africa

July 21, 2015 10:04 am0 comments
Campaign brings hope to infertility problem across Africa

Campaign brings hope to infertility problem across Africa

NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MERCK, the international pharmaceuticals company, has launched a new campaign to aim to address the stigmatization of infertile women in Africa.

The campaign, Merck More Than A Mother Campaign, is a collaboration with University of Nairobi and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.

It is part of the Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Programme.

Through this campaign Merck will address together with local stakeholders, the key challenges that are associated with resource-constrained settings such as prevention of infertility, education and self-development, geographic barriers, reproductive rights, over-population and limited resources arguments.

Rasha Kelej, Vice president and head of Global Business Social Responsibility and Market Development, said Merck More Than A Mother Campaign would provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners.

It would also support governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatization and social suffering of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples.

Belen Garijo, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and Chief Executive Office of Merck Healthcare, said providing access to infertility care was more important to intervene to decrease stigmatization and social suffering arising from infertility.

“And this what we are aiming to do in partnership with local stakeholders across Kenya and Africa at large,” Garijo said.

Merck More Than a Mother will be kicked off across Africa in partnership with Government, Academia, Fertility stakeholders, community and media to create a culture shift across Africa with the aim to reduce the stigmatization of infertile women in the continent. – CAJ NewsNAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MERCK, the international pharmaceuticals company, has launched a new campaign to aim to address the stigmatization of infertile women in Africa.

The campaign, Merck More Than A Mother Campaign, is a collaboration with University of Nairobi and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.

It is part of the Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Programme.

Through this campaign Merck will address together with local stakeholders, the key challenges that are associated with resource-constrained settings such as prevention of infertility, education and self-development, geographic barriers, reproductive rights, over-population and limited resources arguments.

Rasha Kelej, Vice president and head of Global Business Social Responsibility and Market Development, said Merck More Than A Mother Campaign would provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners.

It would also support governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatization and social suffering of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples.

Belen Garijo, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and Chief Executive Office of Merck Healthcare, said providing access to infertility care was more important to intervene to decrease stigmatization and social suffering arising from infertility.

“And this what we are aiming to do in partnership with local stakeholders across Kenya and Africa at large,” Garijo said.

Merck More Than a Mother will be kicked off across Africa in partnership with Government, Academia, Fertility stakeholders, community and media to create a culture shift across Africa with the aim to reduce the stigmatization of infertile women in the continent.

– CAJ News

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