Merck Foundation on GHOne TV Ghana with its TV program Our Africa 6th Episode to End FGM


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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aired the sixth episode of its TV program – “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2022 on GHOne, Ghana, repeating at 1:30 p.m. on Monday; June 20. The rest of the 15 episodes will air on GHOne TV Ghana every Sunday at 2 p.m. and repeat every Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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 sixth episode promo here:
Watch the sixth episode here:

‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a pan-African TV program which is conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to showcase African fashion designers, singers and leading experts from various fields with the aim of raising awareness and creating culture change across Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation said, “I am overwhelmed with 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 must 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,” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

The show airs on the following TV 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:

The sixth episode of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” featured popular singer – Kenneth Mugabi from Uganda. The singer introduced a new song created to support Girl Education during the episode. Fashion designers from Senegal – Safietou Seck and Aicha Fatou Gaye also featured in this episode and showcased their designs which displayed strong and relevant messages on 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 published many inspiring children’s storybooks and songs to support girls’ education,” Senator Kelej pointed out.

1. Watch, Share and Subscribe to the song “Girl Can” here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively:

2. Watch, share and subscribe to the Portuguese song “Tu Podes Sim”, which means “Yes, you can” in English, here, sung by two famous singers, Blaze and Tamyris Moiane, talented singers from Mozambique:

3. Read Educating Linda Storybook here:

4. Read Ride into the Future Storybook here:

5. Read Jackline’s Rescue Storybook here:

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 of Infertility, Supporting Girls’ Education, Women’s Empowerment, 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’m very excited to bring you all the upcoming episodes of ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’ TV show. So stay tuned and be prepared to be informed, healthy and entertained!” concluded the senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Watch episode 1 here:
Watch episode 2 here:
Watch episode 3 here:
Watch episode 4 here:
Watch episode 5 here:

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Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve people’s health and well-being and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality and equitable health care solutions in underserved communities, building scientific research and health care capacity, and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and young people. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed via email as soon as they are available on Merck Foundation website. Please visit to learn more. To know more, contact our social networks: Merck Foundation; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.

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Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with Senegalese fashion designers and models displaying designs on Stopping FGM



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