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Merck Foundation Announce ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for Latin American Countries

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announces the call for applications for ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for the journalists in Latin American Countries. The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions’.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “We strongly believe that media is a critical partner to raise awareness about sensitive and pressing issues such as Coronavirus. The ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards have been introduced to encourage media to sensitize our communities that this unsettling period due to the Coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone – both physically and mentally. While most countries are under complete lock-down or restricted movement, people do not know how to handle this situation. Physical distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to control Coronavirus; however, it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it.”

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Merck Foundation launched the award in partnership with African First Ladies across Africa in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. We have also launched for middle eastern and Asian countries. “We are very excited to launch today for Latin American countries, hoping to be able to establish a successful partnership with media societies as we did in Africa”, Rasha Kelej added.

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The awards are open to all the journalists from Print, Online, Radio, and Multimedia Platforms from all Latin American Countries. More than one winner will be chosen from each category. The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitizing communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards.

Merck Foundation has already initiated these awards in African, Asian & Middle Eastern Countries.

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