Merck Foundation launches its first TV program to address social and health issues

AFRICA – Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has launched their first-ever TV program be the voice of the voiceless and break the silence about many critical and sensitive social and health issues in Africa.

‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a first-of-its-kind TV show has been initially released on prime TV stations in many countries like Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia,

This pan-African show is conceptualized, produced, directed, and hosted by Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to feature Fashion Designers, Singers, and prominent guests from various domains with the aim to raise awareness and create a culture shift across Africa.

The TV program will soon be broadcast on TV 3 in Ghana, BTV in Botswana and KTN in Kenya. “Our Africa” TV Program is currently on the social media handles of Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej and the Merck Foundation.

“I am extremely happy and proud to present our new and unique program “Our Africa by Merck Foundation’. I strongly believe that fashion and art should have a purpose beyond entertainment and look good,” Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation said.

“They can contribute to sensitizing our communities about different social and health issues such as ending FGM, ending child marriage, stopping GBV, breaking the Infertility stigma, supporting Girl Education, Diabetes awareness and healthy lifestyle, and more. Hence, I came up with the idea of this beneficial yet entertaining TV program.”

Dr Rasha Kelej will host the show alongside Brian Mulondo from Uganda

“We will discuss and address various social and health issues relevant to Africa in a very unique way through our African Community of Fashion and Art with Purpose,” Dr Rasha said.

“It will be a first-of-its-kind interactive show, which will feature talented Fashion designers and Singers who sensitize communities through those creative work across Africa.”

According to Dr Rasha, the program is an effort to reach out to youth and other members of urban and rural communities, with the aim to address and raise awareness about a wide range of pressing social and health issues that are relevant to the continent.

“I am very happy that we have already started to receive great feedback on the promo and first episode which was about diabetes and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“I also received many messages on social media that everyone watched on the TV in their countries- Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Liberia & Sierra Leone. So, watch ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’ TV show and be ready to Get informed, Get healthy, and Get entertained!” added Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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