MeRck More Than A Mother

In some cultures, childless women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism. An inability to have a child or to become pregnant can result in being greatly isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This often results in divorce or physical and psychological violence.

"Merck more than a Mother" initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It addresses the need for interventions to break the stigma around infertile women. In partnership with academia and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With "Merck More than a mother", we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.

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Merck Foundation -Embryology Training in India to Improve Access to Fertility Care in Africa

Merck Foundation commits to long term partnership with Uganda-Govt. in building healthcare capacity

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation; Family TV interview on the stigma of Infertility

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation; NTV-Uganda interview on the Silent Stigma of Infertility

Do you ever wonder what happened to Jackline Mwende, the victim of infertility stigma, after meeting Merck Foundation!

Grace Kambini

Berna Amullen

Launch in Central African Republic-Madame Brigitte Touadera, First Lady

H. E. First Lady of Sierra Leone- Madam Sia Koroma-Champion of Merck More Than a Mother

Julia Duncan Cassell - Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Liberia

H.E. Madam Zuliatu Cooper-Dep. Minister of Health&Sanitation, Sierra Leone-Merck More Than a Mother

Belen Garijo and H.E.Brigitte Touadera championing Merck more than a Mother in Uganda

Hon. Sarah Opendi and Dr. Rasha Kelej visit Ugandan infertile women

Merck More than a Mother -Rasha Kelej & Joyce Lay visit infertile women in Kenya

Jackline's story of suffering

Jackline's house and business inaugurated

Merck More than a Mother with Ugandan women

The story of empowering Batianor community women of Ghana

The Story of Empowering Westpoint women, Liberia

The story of empowering Kachallom M. Sha, Nigeria

The story of empowering Geraldine Missie, Cote D'Ivoire

Merck STEM Program for Girls and Women, Liberia

Nigeria launch - Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer, Merck Healthcare

Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer Merck - interview on NTV, Kenya

Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer, Merck with Joyce Lay

Coverage of Merck More than a Mother and Merck STEM , Kenya

Merck More Than a Mother Campaign Launch in Central African Republic

The story of empowering Ghanaian women

The story of empowering Atieno Petwa, Uganda

The story of empowering Aketcho Mary, Uganda

The story of empowering Alow Manzeliana, Uganda

The story of empowering Atieno Jennifer, Uganda

The story of empowering Apio Jessica, Uganda

Elishiba Njoki

Byansi Adrian Ssemugga and Sawuya Ntongo, Couple from Uganda

Belen Garijo, CEO Merck Healthcare

Hon. Joyce Lay, Member of Parliament, Kenya

Jimmy Gathu, TV Presenter

Marked the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women- CSW60