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Merck Foundation marks International Day of Girls and Women in Science through their Science, Technology, Engineering

Under-representation of women still exists in these fields, even though women have made tremendous participation and progress in career

Merck Foundation empowers African Women in the areas of Science and Technology through providing scholarships to more than 550 female doctors out of 1200 scholarships. Merck Foundation launch annually “MARS Best African Woman Researchers Awards” to acknowledge women in science. Merck Foundation works closely with African policy makers to empower girls in education and women in STEM.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’ through their Merck Foundation STEM program and “Educating Linda” program.

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Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, Most Influential African (2019, 2020 & 2021) emphasized, “We at Merck Foundation mark ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’ by supporting and empowering women in the areas of Science and Technology. Under-representation of women still exists in these fields, even though women have made tremendous participation and progress in career. Every year, we conduct “Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit” in partnership with African Governments and African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission, MARS brings together researchers and policy makers from across Africa to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for excellence in scientific innovation and define interventions to empower women and youth through education in general and in STEM in particular.

We have also launched MARS Awards to appreciate and recognize ‘Best African Women Researchers’ and ‘Best Young African Researcher’. Our aim is to empower women and young African researchers, advance their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)”.

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Merck Foundation has announced the Call for Applications for their prestigious Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit (MARS) Awards 2022. The key focus for this year will be: ‘The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – Two emerging challenges in Africa’. Through this contest, Merck Foundation aims to empower young African researchers & women researchers to strengthen the important role research plays towards contributing to public health thus improving healthcare capacity in Africa.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej further emphasized, “In partnership with the African First Ladies, we have been building healthcare capacity through providing training to healthcare providers in many medical specialties. More than 1200 medical graduates have benefitted from this program so far. I am very proud that out of these over 552 are female medical graduates. This is close to 50% of the total beneficiaries, which is a great milestone for us”.

Merck Foundation strongly believes that Education is one of the most critical areas of women empowerment. Through their ‘Educating Linda’ program, Merck Foundation has been supporting education of some of the unprivileged but brilliant girls by providing scholarship and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, pens and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams.

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