Merck Foundation launches Episode Two of the TV Program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” which raises awareness about Ending Child Marriage & Supporting the Education of Girls in Africa

Merck Foundation (, Merck KGaA Germany’s philanthropic arm has launched the Second Episode of their first TV program – ‘Our Africa by the Merck Foundation’ on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at KTN, Kenya and Sunday, April 24 at NTV, Uganda. The theme for the Second Episode is raise awareness about Ending Child Marriage and Supporting the Education of Girls in Africa. ‘Our Africa by the Merck Foundation’ has received great feedback from viewers of this channel so far, the first episode focused on raising awareness about Diabetes prevention among African communities.

Watch the Second Episode promo here:

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation stated, “First, I would like to thank all of our viewers and followers for the amazing response we received for the first two episodes of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’. Our social media is flooded with beautiful and inspiring messages from viewers! The love we have received from everyone is indeed very encouraging and continues to encourage us to work even harder to address sensitive social and health issues in our beloved Africa.”

“The second episode of the event focused on addressing two critical issues in Africa: – Ending Child Marriage and Supporting the Education of Girls in Africa, through our Fashion and Arts Community with a Purpose. I firmly believe that education is an important factor for economic well-being in Africa and a strong strategy for not only women’s empowerment but also to tackle other issues as well such as Stopping GBV, FGM, breaking the Infertility Stigma and STD prevention. The education of girls is also the best vaccine for HIV and is considered the best investment in the global economy”, emphasized Senator, Dr. kelej.

In Africa, 4 out of 10 girls are forced into marriage before they turn 18. Their education suffers because of this, paving the way for another related problem namely the lack of education among the female population. Culturally, girls are expected to only do household chores – cooking, cleaning, caring for older household members, giving birth & caring for children, and many more, these factors affect her education and are a hindrance to her dreams and goals . in life. Other reasons such as schools located far from their homes, unsafe travel to school, and unhygienic school conditions are some of the reasons why girls across Africa are deprived of education.

Watch Episode Two here:

The second episode features popular singers – wezi from Zambia and Kenneth from Uganda. The singers performed a new song composed in support of Girl Education during the episode. Fashion designer from Senegal – Safietou Seck and Aicha Fatou Gaye featured in this episode and showcased their designs that convey a strong and relevant message about the importance of Girls’ Education and the need to end girl marriage. The popular song Merck Foundation – ABC, 123 by Sean K, Namibia to support girls’ education and encourage girls and boys to study hard and fulfill their dreams, is also featured in this episode.

The Merck Foundation has released many inspiring children’s story books and songs about empowering women to support girls’ education.

1. Watch, share & subscribe “Girl Can” song here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively:

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

3. Read Linda’s Storybook Educateshere:

4. Read Jackline Rescue Storybookhere:

5. Read Rise to the Storybook of the Future here:

“I strongly believe that Girls’ Education is the best investment in the global economy, when a girl is educated, she is more ready to be financially independent. This will help him make better decisions to fulfill his goals, in this journey he will also be able to take better care of his family. I feel very proud that through the ‘Educating Linda’ program in partnership with the African First Lady, we have been able to secure the future of hundreds of bright and young female students by providing them with scholarships and grants. These scholarships and grants cover tuition fees, school uniforms and other necessities including notebooks, pens and math tools, so that these young girls can realize their potential and pursue their dreams,” she explained. Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

In addition to the “Educating Linda” program, the Merck Foundation has also announced the MARS Awards to honor and recognize ‘Best African Female Researcher’ and ‘Best Young African Researcher’. Its aim is to empower young African women and researchers, advance their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej further emphasized, “In partnership with the African First Lady, we have built health care capacity through providing training to healthcare providers in many medical specialties. More than 1300 medical graduates have benefited from this program so far. I am very proud that more than 600 are female medical graduates. This is close to 50% of the total beneficiaries, which is a huge achievement for us”.

“We at Merck Foundation strongly believe that education is one of the most important areas of women’s empowerment. Only through education will women be able to become stronger, healthier, independent and realize their dreams,” he added Senator, Dr. Rasha.

‘Our Africa by the Merck Foundation’ is a pan African TV program that is 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 domains with the aim of raising awareness and creating cultural change across Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda. The TV program is currently being broadcast in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana and will soon be broadcasting in other African countries. Below is a breakdown of the channels where the TV show is broadcast:

– Every Saturday @ 17:30 (EAT) at KTN, Kenya
– Every Sunday @ 6:30pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda
– Every Sunday @ 14:00 on (GMT) GHOne TV, Ghana

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

“I’m so excited to bring you all the upcoming episodes of ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’ tv programs. So stay tuned and get ready to be Informed, Healthy and Entertained!”, close Senator, Dr. Rasha Keljej.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the Merck Foundation.

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The Merck Foundation, founded in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, which aims to improve the health and well-being of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on increasing access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building health care and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with a particular focus on women. and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases distributed by email are simultaneously available on the Merck Foundation Website. Please visit to read more. To find out more, contact our social media: Merck Foundation (; Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram ( , YouTube ( and Flicker (

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Merck Foundation launches Episode Two of the TV Program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” which raises awareness about Ending Child Marriage & Supporting the Education of Girls in Africa

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