Apply for the ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards to eliminate Infertility Stigma


Call for Applications for ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2020.

“Merck More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck More Than a Mother,” we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: by improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It is all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child.

The entries have been called from three (3) groups:

  • English Speaking African Countries,
  • French Speaking African Countries,
  • Portuguese Speaking African Countries,

Applications are invited by media professionals to showcase their work to raise awareness about infertility prevention and breaking infertility stigma.

Who can apply? Journalists from print, online, radio and multimedia platforms.

How to apply: Entries can be submitted

via email to mystory (at)

DEADLINE: June 15, 2020

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