Our Africa is a pan-African TV program that is conceptualized, produced, directed, and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation. The program features African Fashion Designers, Singers, and prominent experts from various domains.
On 4th May 2023, Merck Foundation launched this year’s version of ‘Our Africa’ program, and acknowledged winners of the 2022 Media Recognition Awards at a beautiful ceremony hosted in Nairobi at the Sarova Panafric Hotel.
The aim of the program is raising awareness and creating a culture shift across Africa on issues such as diabetes, ending child mar riage, supporting girl education, women’s empowerment, stopping GBV, ending FGM, and breaking infertility stigma, among other social and health issues affecting the continent.
Through “Our Africa,” Merck Foundation has established the first “Fashion and Art community with Purpose” across 20 countries to break the silence and be the voice of the voiceless on critical and sensitive social and health issues in Africa and beyond.
The following outstanding journalists were feted under the “More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards
1. Elizabeth Angira – The Sun Weekly Online
First Position, Online Category
2. Pauline Odhiambo – BBC
Second Position, Online
3. Beldeen Waliaula – Standard Media group
Third Position, Print Category
4. Mercy Tyra Murengu – MediaMax Limited-Milele FM
Merck Foundation “Diabetes & Hypertension”
The TV program will be broadcast in Kenya starting from May 6th, 2023, on KTN Home. You can watch it every Saturday at 5:00 PM and every Wednesday at 6:30 AM. Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, will host the show along with co-host Brian Mulondo from Uganda.
In the program, they will discuss and address various social and health issues relevant to Africa in a unique way through the African Community of Fashion and Art with Purpose. It will be a first-of-its-kind interactive show, featuring talented fashion designers and singers who sensitize communities through their creative work across Africa.
If you missed the launch yesterday, you can follow the proceedings from this recorded version below:
The program aims to reach out to youth and other members of urban and rural communities with the aim of addressing and raising awareness about a wide range of pressing social and health issues that are relevant to the continent.
About Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology.
Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth.
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