First Lady To Preside Over Launch of Merck Foundation Program In Malawi Tuesday…To Be Crowned Ambassador

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2019 LAUNCH OF MERCK FOUNDATION PROGRAMS IN MALAWI

Her Excellency the First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika who is also Patron of Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust will on 16th July, 2019 preside over the launch of Merck Foundation Program in Malawi.

The Program that will jointly be implemented by Merck Foundation and the BEAM Trust is called “Merck More Than a Mother” initiative and will be launched at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Merck is a family Pharmaceutical Company formed in Germany over 300 years ago. As a company they are also running a foundation that deals with various issues affecting people in the areas of education, health among others. It is through this Foundation that Merck More than a Mother initiative falls.

The initiative aims to empower men and women with fertility issues in Africa through access to information, education, health and mindset change.

Merck Foundation’s efforts are inspired and supported by research, which has shown that 90% of infertility cases are reversible with medical treatment and care. Therefore, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population and Ministry of Education, community leaders, the initiative will provide medical awareness to the affected on how they can access support and care.

The theme for the launch is: “Addressing infertility, restoring dignity to the affected.” The Patron of BEAM Trust who is also the First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika will on this day also be unveiled as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother Initiative in Malawi.

The launching ceremony will be marked by testimonies from men and women affected by infertility. All are invited.

For further details please contact +265 888 953 924 Dingiswayo Jere TRUSTEE BEAUTIFY MALAWI-BEAM TRUST 10th July, 2019

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