Merck Foundation CEO to launch his first TV program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” to address social and health issues through African fashion and art


Merck Foundation ( launches its first ever TV program titled – “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” to create a culture shift by raising awareness about a wide range of social and health challenges in our communities such as: Diabetes, Ending Child Marriage, supporting girls’ education, women empowerment, stopping GBV, ending FGM and removing the stigma of infertility, among other social and health issues affecting the continent . Merck Foundation through its TV program “Our Africa” created the first “Fashion and Art community with Purpose” to break the silence and be the voice of the voiceless on many critical and sensitive social and health issues in Africa and beyond.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched its first-ever TV program – “Our Africa by Merck Foundation”. This TV show, the first of its kind, is intended to be the voice of the voiceless and to break the silence on many critical and sensitive social and health issues in Africa.

Watch the promo of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ here:

This pan-African show is conceptualized, produced, directed and facilitated by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to feature prominent fashion designers, singers and guests from various fields with the aim of raising awareness and creating a culture change across Africa.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the launch of the “Our Africa by Merck” Foundation TV program, Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained: “I am extremely happy and proud to present our unique new program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation”. I strongly believe that fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and beauty. They can help raise awareness in our communities about different social and health issues such as ending FGM, ending child marriage, ending GBV, breaking the stigma of infertility, supporting girls’ education, diabetes awareness and healthy living, and more. That’s how I came up with the idea for this beneficial and entertaining TV show.”

“I host the show with my co-host Brian Mulondo from Uganda. We will discuss and address various social and health issues relevant to Africa in a very unique way through our African fashion community and “art with a purpose. It will be a one-of-a-kind interactive show, featuring talented fashion designers and singers who are reaching out to communities through their creative work across Africa,” Dr Rasha Kelej added.

The TV program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” is currently going to be aired in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana, the TV program will also be aired in other African countries soon. Here are the details of the channels the TV show will air on:

  • Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EAT) on KTN, Kenya
  • Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (EAT) on NTV Uganda
  • Every Sunday at 2 p.m. on (GMT) GHOne TV, Ghana

“This program is our effort to reach young people and other members of our urban and rural communities with the aim of addressing and raising awareness about a wide range of pressing social and health issues affecting our continent. I’m very happy that we’ve already started getting great feedback on the promo and the first episode which was about diabetes and promoting a healthy lifestyle. I also received many messages on social media that everyone was excited to watch more episodes. So stay tuned to watch more and more TV show “OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation”. Be prepared to be informed, healthy and entertained!” added Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Watch the first episode here:

Watch the promo for the first episode here:

Merck Foundation and its partner African First Ladies have recently announced different 8 calls for applications for two award themes for media, fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians/singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries. The themes of the two award categories are – 1) Breaking the stigma around infertility, supporting girls’ education, ending child marriage, ending FGM, ending GBV and/or empowering women at all levels, and 2) Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness for the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension.

Additionally, Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies has also released more than 10 inspiring children’s storybooks and more than 25 songs on overcoming infertility stigma, supporting girls’ education and women’s empowerment, in English, French and Portuguese. To listen to Merck Foundation songs and read Merck Foundation storybooks, please visit:

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