MERK Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with African First Ladies have announced the call for applications for their ‘Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for African countries.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The organisation is working with First ladies from Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC ), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville on the media awards initiative.
The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explains, “This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone – both physically and MENTALLY. While most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement , people do not know how to handle this situation.
“Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus, however, it will t ake a lot of courage and discipline to practice it. Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period.
So, we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically & mentally healthy during this phase”.
All the journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from
English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese
speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for t he awards . 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.
“We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries”, Dr Kelej added.
Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South.
“Since most of the people are confined to their homes, t hey are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms. Media professionals, it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental & physical health during these disturbing times, through your creative, informational and motivational work. You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life”, emphasized Dr. Rasha Kelej.
Details of the Merck Foundation “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards
Who can Apply:
Journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries
Last date of submission:
Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2020 How to apply?
Entries can be submitted via Email to email@example.com
along with your details (including Name, Gender, Country, Media house,
Email address & Mobile Number) and entry as an attachment
A prize money of USD500will be awarded to winners in each of the TV, Radio, Print and Online categories.