The Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation and Member of Egyptian Senate, Dr. Rasha Kelej, has been named one of the most influential African women in the world for 2020, for the third time.
Kelej was nominated this year as the ‘African Woman of the Year 2020’ by the New African Woman Magazine in the United Kingdom.
She was also named most influential African woman 2020 by Avance Media, for her efforts to advocate for women empowerment and healthcare capacity building especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, Kelej bagged ‘One of 100 Most Influential Africans’ by New African Magazine in the UK for creating the campaign ‘Merck More than a Mother,’ to break stigma around infertile and childless women in Africa.
In the midst of the pandemic, Kelej spearheaded an online training of more than 600 doctors from 25 African countries and 10 developing countries in Asia and Latin America.
“Our strategy and our programme have been crystal clear – to invest in professional healthcare capacity building through providing scholarship for health care providers and helping train skilled doctors in the midst of this pandemic, has made a big diﬀerence,” she said.
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