Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has partnered Clar Marie Weah, the First Lady of Liberia to support livelihood of families of casual workers and persons living with disabilities, worst affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation said, “The situation in Liberia and other countries is of grave concern and needs immediate action. In this exceptionally difficult period, Merck Foundation decided to make community donations to those who are most affected; women, people living with disabilities and casual workers, making it difficult for them to survive. Together with Liberia First Lady and Ambassador of Merck More than a Mother, we provided essential food and cleaning items; rice, cooking oil, soap and other items for over 1600 people in Liberia.”
Speaking on the partnership, Mrs. Weah stated, “We appreciate the support being provided by our long-term partner Merck Foundation, during this difficult time. It is critical for us to help those who have been severely affected by the lockdown imposed in the country to curb coronavirus. The donations have been made in Kakata & Margibi counties of Liberia.”
Kelej explained that Merck also launched ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards to encourage media to raise awareness about coronavirus.
“Moreover,” he said, ” Merck Foundation started to provide one-year online diploma and two- year master degree in Respiratory Medicines and Acute Medicines to help doctors in Liberia to better manage coronavirus patients.
“Merck foundation also provides online one-year diploma and two-year master degree in diabetes, preventive cardiovascular medicines and endocrinology to enable healthcare providers to better manage patients who in coronavirus risk groups.”