Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced winners of ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for Africa, Latin America, and Asia for their best media coverage of coronavirus.
The main objective of the awards is to raise awareness on “how to stay safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during coronavirus lockdown.”
The awards were introduced in partnership with African first ladies of Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville, Angola and Mozambique.
Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of the foundation said, “I am very proud of all our winners. We received a very good response from the journalists. I truly believe that media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive topics and not only during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Therefore, through the awards, we are recognising the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who have the potential to break the silence and be the storytellers and the voice or the voiceless so that they become ‘Merck Foundation Champions’ to help us to eliminate infertility stigma and empower girls through education in developing countries and underserved communities.”
The foundation rewarded all the winners by providing them with one-year access to an online educational training programme.
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