Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the call for applications forÂ â€˜Stay at Homeâ€™ Media Recognition Awards for French-Speaking African CountriesÂ in partnership withÂ H.E. Madam Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi,Â The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Congo;Â H.E. Madam AÃ¯ssata Issoufou Mahamadou,Â The First Lady of Niger;Â H.E. Madam Hinda Deby Itno,Â The First Lady of Chad; H.E. Madam Antoinette Sassou-nguesso, The First Lady of Congo BrazzavilleÂ and H.E. Madam AMÃNATA MAIGA KEÃTA,Â The First Lady of Mali.
The theme of the awards isÂ â€˜Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdownâ€™.
Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck FoundationÂ explained, â€œTheÂ â€˜Stay at Homeâ€™ Media Recognition AwardÂ 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.â€
â€œI am very proud to partner with theÂ First Ladies of AfricaÂ 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,â€Â Dr. Rasha KelejÂ added.
Dr. KelejÂ also emphasized on a very important issue in the current scenario, â€œThe 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.â€
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.
Details of the Merck Foundation â€œStay at Homeâ€ Media Recognition Awards
Who can Apply:
Journalists fromÂ Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia PlatformsÂ fromÂ Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Mali and other French speaking African Countries.
Last date of submission: Entries can be submitted tillÂ 30thÂ June 2020
How to apply?
Entries can be submitted via Email toÂ email@example.com along with your details (including Name, Gender, Country, Media house, Email address & Mobile Number) and entry as an attachment