Merck Foundation at African Union Assembly, African First Ladies Summit

  • Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp affirms Merck's long-term partnership with African countries

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Merck Foundation continues its strong partnership with African Countries, to build healthcare capacity, improve access to cancer care and advance people lives through science and technology.

During The 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union. Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, affirmed Merck’s long term partnership with African countries to provide oncology fellowship programs, provide practical training for fertility specialists and to empower infertile women through access to information, health and change of mind-set through “Merck Cancer Access Program” and “Merck More than a Mother” campaign.

Meeting the First Ladies of Africa:

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr.RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, meet the First Ladies.

From left to right: H.E. Roman Tesfaye,The First Lady of; H.E. Rebecca
NaaOkaikorAkufo-Addo,The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. Aisha Muhammadu
Buhari, The First Lady of Nigeria; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp,Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board
of Trustees of Merck Foundation, Dr.RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation

H.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre);Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left)

H.E. Brigitte Touadera The First Lady of C.A.R. (front right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(back left)

H.E. Roman Tesfaye The First Lady of Ethiopia (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)

H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (back left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left)

H.E. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari The First Lady of Nigeria (left); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (centre), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (right)


H.E. InkhosikatiLaMbikiza, The First Lady of Swaziland (front) greetsProf. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation asH.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre back) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left back) look on.

H.E. Hinda DebyItno, The First Lady of Chad(left) greets H.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone as H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira, The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (left), Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation look on.

H.E. Dominique Ouattara, The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(centre)

H.E. Mathato S. Mosisili , The First Lady of Lesotho (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)


Group photo: 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA)

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation

19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union

To learn more about the Merck Foundation programs and their training and fellowship opportunities, please visit their website www.merck-foundation.comand www.merckmorethanamother.com

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Until we see each other again, 


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