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Merck more than a Mother objectives:

"Merck more than a Mother" initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education, health and change of mind-set. Merck more than a Mother will support Governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective Fertility care and address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatization and social suffering of infertile women and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples. It will also provide medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists in partnership with academia and international fertility societies, to build fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

Through this initiative, we will address together the key challenges that are associated with resource constrained settings such as prevention of infertility, education self-development, ART/IVF regulation, geographic barriers, and limited resources arguments.

Differences between the developed and developing world are emerging because of the different availability in safe, effective and equitable infertility care different sociocultural value surrounding parenthood and procreation.

It is very important to take into consideration that accessible infertility treatment can only be successfully introduced in developing countries if socio-cultural, economic essentials and needed skills are fulfilled and governments are ready to support their introduction.

In order to achieve this objective successfully ,a discussion with the relevant authorities will be needed to discuss the strengthening of infertility services, education, auditing, regulation, community awareness and the need to integrate them with Mother and Child, HIV prevention and Family planning programs, which already exist in the health infrastructure.

"Merck more than a Mother" Advisory Board has defined five year clear strategy and structured objectives:

"Merck more than a Mother" Strategy and Objectives:

  1. Creating a culture shift to de-stigmatize infertility and to respect and appreciate infertile women in Africa.

  2. Raising awareness about infertility prevention management and male infertility by integrating it into healthcare infrastructure that already exist , such as HIV, maternal health and mother and child programs.

  3. Education and training for African embryologists since the lack of trained and skilled staff is a big challenge.

  4. Supporting policy makers to define ART policies to improve access to regulated fertility care.

  5. Building advocacy and open dialogue and work closely with governments, policy makers, parliaments, healthcare providers, fertility experts and media to define interventions to reduce the social suffering and improve access to regulated, effective and safe fertility care in Africa.

  6. Empowering infertile women socially and economically throng access to awareness, health and change of mindset and empower women who cannot be treated anymore through starting a small business for them to build their independent and happier lives through "Empowering Berna" project.