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Federal Foreign Office on emergency aid to contain Ebola in eastern Congo

The Federal Foreign Office is now providing the WHO with a further four million euros for immediate humanitarian relief in eastern Congo to contain the Ebola outbreak

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (19 May) on stepping up assistance measures to combat the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola: "The Federal Foreign Office is now providing the WHO with a further four million euros for immediate humanitarian relief in eastern Congo to contain the Ebola…

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Global partners announce $61.8 million allocation to boost African Development Bank initiative for women entrepreneurs

“This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women entrepreneurs across the continent” - Vanessa Moung

The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/en/) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) (https://bit.ly/2Q1fF1L) program. We-Fi (https://We-Fi.org/) is a partnership among 14 donor governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and…

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Accelerated Natural Resource Degradation Puts Tanzania’s Development Goals at Risk – New World Bank Report

More “traditional” environmental and natural resources challenges include degradation of land and water resources, deforestation, and biodiversity loss

Natural resources form a core pillar of Tanzania’s economy and play a pivotal role in sustaining the livelihoods of its citizens, however a new World Bank report warns that the country has only a rapidly shrinking opportunity to harness these endowments against serious risks posed by rapid population growth, economic…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with Minister of Health of Uganda, Hon. Sarah Opendi and the Vice President of The Gambia, H. E. Isatou Touray. Minister of Health of Burundi and Vice Minister of Republic of Congo
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with Minister of Health of Uganda, Hon. Sarah Opendi and the Vice President of The Gambia, H. E. Isatou Touray. Minister of Health of Burundi and Vice Minister of Republic of Congo
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Merck Foundation, with African Minister of Health defines interventions to break Infertility Stigma at International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) World Congress in China

“No to infertility Stigma “was the theme of the “Merck more than a Mother” mistrial panel

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, in partnership with the International Federation of Fertility Societies- IFFS conducted “Merck More Than a Mother” Ministerial Panel during the 23rd IFFS World Congress held in Shanghai, China with the theme of “No to Infertility Stigma”.  The Ministerial panel aims to discuss capacity…

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    • Family photo of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 (L to R) H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Mauritania, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Merck Foundation CEO, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Liberia
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Mauritania, Namibia, Guinea Conakry, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Niger, Central African Republic, Burundi, Mozambique, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board, E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation meeting H.E. MADAM FATIMA MAADA BIO, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board, E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation meeting H.E. MADAM CONDE DJÈNÈ The First Lady of the Republic of Guinée & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • H.E. MADAM CLAR MARIE-DUNCAN WEAH the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador Meeting Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board, E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM CLAR MARIE-DUNCAN WEAH the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother Meeting with H.E. MADAM AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board, E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation meeting with H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU The First Lady of the Republic of the Niger & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
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    • H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother in conversation with H.E. MADAM FATIMA MAADA BIO, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CONDE DJÈNÈ The First Lady of the Republic of Guinée & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO The First Lady of the Republic of the Congo & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CLAR MARIE-DUNCAN WEAH The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
    • H.E. MADAM AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
    • H.E. MADAM FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador and H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador with Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
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Merck Foundation brings together 15 African First Ladies to break the stigma of Infertility

The Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by 15 African First Ladies

Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by as many as Fifteen African First Ladies to discuss the strategy to break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in Education. Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative…

Source: New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) |

The African Union Development Agency - NEPAD rewards African Youth Champions for #TheAfricaWeWant

On this occasion, five young Africans who won ‘#TheAfricaWeWant Youth Essay Contest’ were also announced

During an advocacy ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (www.NEPAD.org) gave awards to five distinguished African Youth Champions for their contribution to Africa’s progress towards the goals of Agenda 2063. On this occasion, five young Africans who won ‘#TheAfricaWeWant Youth Essay Contest’ were also announced. Much…

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Burundi: 10 Years On, Justice Denied for Murdered Activist

Manirumva Case Highlights Impunity of the Powerful

The government of Burundi has failed to deliver justice for the killing of Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, a decade ago. The emblematic case is an example of political interference with criminal investigations, especially in politically sensitive cases involving activists. Manirumva, a respected economist, had been investigating allegations of large-scale police corruption…

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Humanitarian crises and climate change—preparing for the challenges ahead

In 2015, Burundi had an estimated 10.7 per cent forest cover and the growing demand for fuelwood has translated into hastened soil erosion and imperiled food security

Burundi, Chad and Sudan are home to some of the world’s largest displaced populations and vulnerable communities. Burundi’s Gitega Province, which has one of the country’s highest population densities, hosts several thousands of people in refugee settlements and camps. About 96 per cent of families use fuelwood as a primary…

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Stand, Speak and Rise Up! all together for survivors

The European Development Bank (EIB) invests in many fragile environments – countries with ongoing violence

The EIB supports and participates to “Stand, Speak and Rise up!”, the international conference on sexual violence in fragile environments taking place on 26 and 27 March 2019 at the European Conference Center in Luxembourg, at the initiative of the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and her Foundation. The conference aims to…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother addressing the journalists during the Health Media Training
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother addressing the journalists during the Health Media Training
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Merck Foundation organized ‘their first Health Media Training’ in partnership with the First Lady of Burundi

Merck Foundation also Calls for Applications for Media Recognition Awards 2018 to eliminate infertility stigma

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany organized the first “Merck Foundation Health Media Training” on 20th March 2019 in Bujumbura, Burundi in partnership with H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA (https://bit.ly/2TYjB8A), The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Communication and…