Foundation, First Ladies Announce ‘Stay At Home’ Media Recognition Awards


By Precious John

The philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany  Merck Foundation has announced the call for applications for ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Awards for French Speaking African Countries in partnership with the First Ladies of Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Mali Madam Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, Madam Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou, Madam Hinda Deby Itno, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso and Madam Amïnata Maiga Keïta, respectively.

The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’.

CEO of Merck Foundation Dr. Rasha Kelej explained, “The ‘Stay at Home’ Media Recognition Award will encourage media to sensitize our communities. Raising awareness about coronavirus in our communities will contribute to supporting health workers who are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, it will also enhance their great efforts in leading community dialogue to address fears and questions. Our hearts and thoughts are with them”.

“I am very proud to partner with the First Ladies of Africa in more than 15 countries to raise awareness about COVID 19 through our important partners, the media to be able to spectate facts from misconceptions and myth. This is very important during this unsettling period of our lives.” Dr. Kelej added.

Dr. Kelej also emphasized on a very important issue in the current scenario, “The pandemic has led to a horrifying increase in violence against women. Women and girls are under higher risk of domestic violence due to increased tensions in the household. Moreover, school closures translate into a heightened burden of informal care within families, affecting women negatively more than men. Many of these women are currently trapped with their abusers, struggling to access any support service, they are lonely and suffering in silence. This issue also needs to be highlighted by the journalists”.

The awards are open to all the journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from French speaking African Countries. The awards have been also announced in English speaking, Portuguese Speaking and Arabic speaking African countries. 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 also initiated these awards in Asian and middle eastern Countries.

Journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Mali and other French speaking African Countries, are welcome to apply.  Entries can be submitted till June 30, 2020. Entries can be submitted via Email to along with applicant’s details (including Name, Gender, Country, Media house, Email address & Mobile Number) and entry as an attachment.

Winners in the various categories are to win up to US$500 in prize money.

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