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Merck Foundation launches “Men-too” campaign to break stigma around female infertility in Africa Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021


Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has launched “Life is Bigger” song to break the stigma around infertility in Africa and beyond. It is part of “Merck more than a Mother” community awareness campaign.

The song was written and sung by Tom Close, a doctor and singer from Rwanda.

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“The song communicates an important message to the society that not only women but men too can be the cause of infertility,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck More Than a Mother.

Dr Rasha Kelej (right) with Tom Close

The song is about the stigma attached to infertility, articulates that life is bigger than having children and delivers Merck Foundation’s key message that a woman is more than a mother and men re more than just fathers.

“I had too much fun working on this beautiful song “Life is Bigger” with a promising singer and songwriter from Rwanda, who is also a doctor. The song addresses infertility stigma with the aim of raising awareness about male infertility and sensitizing the community that #MenToo can suffer infertility not only women, and call upon every husband to share the journey of infertility treatment with his wife,” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

Merck Foundation has been working at all levels to bring in a cultural shift in the African society and has been advocating for the women who aren’t able to bear children against the discrimination, isolation and violence.

“Art has the capacity and influence to make the problem felt, which further stimulates emotions and leads to engagement and action. Hence we used this medium to address the issue of infertility with a special focus on male infertility to encourage men to speak up about their infertility and join the treatment journey with their wives. I personally believe that this song will add significant value to influence the culture change we are advocating,” added Dr. Rasha Kelej.


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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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