The TV program is also aired on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda and also posted on all social media channels of Merck Foundation and KTN, NTV and GHOne TV.
The sixth episode tackled a sensitive issue for African communities: ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Previous episodes of the show have dealt respectively with the prevention and early detection of diabetes, tackling the stigma around infertility, supporting girls’ education, and the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle. healthy lifestyle. The TV program has received phenomenal reviews from viewers of these channels as well as social media followers across Africa and beyond.
Watch the promo for the sixth episode here: https://youtu.be/3w5ZpiG7BcM
Watch the sixth episode here: https://youtu.be/7GtXkBYv_94
‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a pan-african television program which is conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation showcase African fashion designers, singers and prominent experts from various fields with the aim of raising awareness and creating a culture change across Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo of Uganda.
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation expressed, “I am overwhelmed by the incredible response we have received so far for the TV program ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’. I am grateful to everyone who has reached out to us on our social media platforms, appreciating our efforts and asking us about different interventions, songs, films and videos that they can use on their platforms and communities to break the silence and strengthen advocacy. . All of this is very encouraging. We have just released the sixth episode of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” which opens a dialogue on the harmful effects of FGM and on supporting girls’ education. »
“We need to be aware that FGM has no health benefits, it only harms girls and women physically and psychologically. FGM can also lead to serious medical complications in women, such as infertility, as FGM infection is one of the main causes of infertility. Female genital mutilation also increases the risk of HIV transmission and can lead to serious complications during childbirth. We need to understand that FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. This practice must stop immediately. Giving girls the right education is the only solution to these age norms which also promote gender inequality,” Dr Rasha Kelej added.
The program is broadcast on the following television channels:
– Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. (EAT)
– Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (EAT) on NTV Uganda; rebroadcast Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. (EAT)
– Every Sunday at 2 p.m. on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; rebroadcast Monday at 1:30 p.m. (GMT)
Watch the promo of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOdXqQUdkm8
The sixth episode of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” featured the popular singer – Kenneth mugabi of Uganda. The singer introduced a new song created to support Girl Education during the episode. The fashion designers of Senegal – Safietou Seck and Aicha Fatou Gaye also featured in this episode and showcased their designs which displayed strong and relevant messages about stopping FGM.
Female Genital Mutilation is a procedure that involves modifying or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights, health and integrity of girls and women. Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections and difficulty urinating, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health. and their mental health. Although mainly concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America.
“I strongly believe that education is one of the most critical areas of women’s empowerment and will certainly help to end practices such as FGM which benefit no one. Through our ‘Educating Linda’ program , we support underprivileged but brilliant young girls to pursue their studies, from many African countries. The spirit of the project is to give these girls the opportunity to pursue their dreams and reach their potential through access to education. Merck Foundation has released many inspiring children’s storybooks and songs to support girls’ education,” emphasized Senator Kelej.
1. Watch, share and subscribe to the “The Girl Can” song here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LP92vAWYgs
2. Watch, share and subscribe “You Podes Sim” Portuguese song, which means “Yes you can” in English, here, sung by two famous singers, Blaze and Tamyris Moiane, talented Mozambican singers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGWR2S-mxl4
3. Read Educating Linda Storybook here: https://merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation/public/uploads/digital_library/1623068469_6affa28d861b48da41cf.pdf
4. Read Ride into the future Storybook here: https://merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation/public/uploads/digital_library/1639993429_cca7a831eeb6dbe2c188.pdf
5. Read Jackline’s Rescue Storybook here: https://merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation/public/uploads/digital_library/1639990408_efbd2346fb16c605c12d.pdf
Senator, Dr. Rasha further highlighted, “We have also launched awards for media, fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians/singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries to address the sensitive issue of ending FGM , as well as other issues such as breaking the stigma around infertility, supporting girls’ education, empowering women, ending child marriage, and/or stopping GBV. We organize these competitions in partnership with my dear sisters, the First Ladies of Africa. I am delighted and eager to receive applications on [email protected].”
“I am very happy to bring you all the next episodes of “OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation” TV program. So stay tuned and be prepared to be informed, healthy and entertained!” concluded Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.
Watch episode 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz1S1Dlugkc
Watch episode 2 here: https://youtu.be/g5wpzOr22l0
Watch episode 3 here: https://youtu.be/BONCtUJZLHI
Watch episode 4 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6_B8EKNKs
Watch episode 5 here: https://youtu.be/RqobIDOHc4E