TV program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” – The fourth episode promotes a healthy lifestyle through “fashion and art with a purpose”


Merck Foundation (, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany released the fourth episode of its TV program – ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ on Sunday, May 29, 2022 on GH One, Ghana. After broadcasting the program on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, the show also began airing on GH One TV in Ghana, every Sunday. The fourth episode of the TV show discussed the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle, while the first three episodes focused on preventing diabetes, addressing the stigma of infertility, and supporting pregnancy, respectively. education of girls. The TV program received a terrific response from viewers and social media followers.

Watch the promo for the fourth episode here:

Watch the fourth episode here:

‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a pan-African television show conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted 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. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation expressed, “I am very happy to present the fourth episode of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’, with this episode, we aim to promote a healthy lifestyle through ‘Fashion with a Purpose’. I strongly believe that fashion and art have a purpose beyond entertainment and beauty, they are powerful tools to raise awareness of sensitive social and health issues that concern our beloved Africa. Merck Foundation also works closely with the media and art community as a strong and essential partner to address and raise awareness on issues such as – diabetes awareness, breaking the stigma of infertility , ending child marriage, ending FGM, stopping GBV, supporting girls’ education and empowering women, among other social and health issues affecting the continent. We know that the media enters every home, that fashion and art are part of everyday life. Therefore, by bringing together these important soft powers, we can break the silence and create a culture change in our Africa”.

The show airs 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 2pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana

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

“I want to thank our viewers for the incredible response we have received for our TV program, it is indeed very inspiring and encouraging. The love we are receiving on our social media is remarkable. Dr Rasha Kelej underline.

According to the WHO, a healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that helps you enjoy more aspects of life. Health is not just about avoiding illness or disease. It is also about physical, mental and social well-being.

However, in the case of Africa with rapid urbanization and higher incomes, the lack of physical activity and the demand for convenient processed foods are increasing rapidly. Many processed foods are high in sugar, salt, saturated fat and/or preservatives and thus contribute to overweight and the spread of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

“To stay healthy, we need to quit smoking, limit our alcohol intake, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. These four fundamentals are included in the T-shirts I designed myself for this TV show and campaign, I hope you will enjoy watching my workshop as well,” said Senator, Dr. Rasha.

The episode featured a background song by Cwezia popular singer from Ghana. This song called “Stop Diabetes” is about the prevention, early detection and management of diabetes. The episode also featured prominent guests from Mauritius – Dr Sabrina Devi Ramamy Iranah, Director of the Fashion & Design Institute, and Jean Luc Emile, Editor-in-Chief, Defi Media Group. Young and future Mauritian fashion designers – Desire Cedric Vincent and Deena Appaddo also showcased their designs with messages about promoting a healthy lifestyle during this episode.

“Merck Foundation has provided more than 650 scholarships for doctors from 45 countries of one-year postgraduate degree and two-year master’s degree in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and master’s course in clinical management in 4 languages ​​- English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, endorsed by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African and Latin American countries.

Merck Foundation has provided more than 1300 scholarships to doctors from 50 countries in various critical and underserved fields, including the 650 scholarships we mentioned earlier,” added Senator, Dr. Rasha.

“I am very happy to present you all the next episodes of TV program “OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation”. So stay tuned and be prepared to be informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Watch episode 1 here:

Watch episode 2 here:

Watch episode 3 here:

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