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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
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Malawi, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Central African Republic during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 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 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
    • Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019 Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother Meeting With H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • 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
    • H.E. MADAM CONDE DJÈNÈ The First Lady of the Republic of Guinée & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador and H.E. MADAM AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU The First Lady of the Republic of the Niger & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador meeting Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother 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
    • 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…

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Joint Press Release: Europe-Africa partnership spearheads development of next-generation antimalarial drug

The trials will be conducted in four countries in West and Central Africa: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mali and Niger

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) (www.EDCTP.org) grants €10 million over five years to “WANECAM 2” a unique collaboration between antimalarial drug researchers in Africa and Europe from ten academic institutions, a pharmaceutical company, Novartis, and a not-for-profit product development partnership (PDP), Medicines for Malaria Venture; the grant will…

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Niger population’s suffering ‘increasing with each passing month’: UN Refugee Agency

Recent assaults have displaced more than 18,000 people, many of who are seeking safety in Diffa town

An upsurge of violence in the south-east of Niger means that the population’s suffering is increasing “with each passing month,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned on Tuesday, at a press briefing in Geneva. In March alone, some 88 civilians were reported to have died during attacks. The spokesperson, Babar Baloch,…

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UN disability rights experts issue findings on Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its latest session from 11 March to 5 April: Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu. The findings cover how the respective State is…

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UNHCR alarmed at upsurge in violence in south-east Niger

Since 2015, the number of people forcibly displaced within the region of Diffa has risen to almost 250,000

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is extremely worried over the alarming increase of attacks in the south-east…

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Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa Remains Below Three Percent Three Years After Crisis

Digital revolution can unlock inclusive growth and job creation across Africa

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been downgraded to 2.3 percent for 2018, down from 2.5 percent in 2017, according to the April 2019 issue of Africa's Pulse, the World Bank's bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies released today. Economic growth remains below population growth for the fourth consecutive…

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    • IOM’s stand during the festival overlooks Mount Tamgak. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • Local vendors and cooperatives proudly sell their produce during the festival. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • It’s the turn of commune Ingall to impress the crowd; Ingall also hosts the annual Cure Salée festival. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • Security guards the perimeters at all times as the audience watches the show. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • OM staff and volunteers engage with visitors at the stand. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • The festival is an opportunity for communities and visitors to embrace Touareg traditions. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • Regardless of age, camels seemed to be man’s best friend at the festival. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
    • Camels and their human friends rest in Iferouane, at the site of the Festival de l’Aïr. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
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Festival de l’Aïr: Community Stabilization in Niger

This year, for the first time, International Organization for Migration (IOM) took part in the nomad Festival de l’Aïr in Niger

Situated in Agadez Region, northern Niger, and roughly ten hours from Agadez city by road, the town of Iferouane is home to the popular Festival de l’Aïr. Held yearly since 2001, the festival is an opportunity for host communities, local actors and tourists to reconnect and celebrate local traditions over…

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Angola, Eritrea, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Viet Nam

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of countries it examined during its latest session: Angola, Eritrea, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Viet Nam. The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation…

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Tailor Made: New Hope for Migrants Returning… and their Communities

Since September 2017, International Organization for Migration (IOM) has assisted 1,681 vulnerable Burkinabés stranded in Libya and Niger

Faso Danfani, a very fashionable fabric in Burkina Faso — it’s a traditional fabric made from Burkinabé cotton. Tiraogo*, a newly-qualified Burkinabé tailor, crafts it accessories for his countrymen and countrywomen. The young Burkinabé is back home now, but he once had ambitions of a life far away from home and embarked…

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Call to action to ramp up collective efforts on Sahel land restoration

FAO and partners pledge to strengthen collaboration to combat food insecurity

Now is the time to further accelerate land restoration efforts in the Sahel and make a difference to hundreds of millions of communities in the ecologically fragile area, key stakeholders agreed at the Beating Famine Conference in Bamako. The capital city of Mali saw hundreds of stakeholders congregate to address…