Media awards to fight infertility stigma on the cards: First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa

First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa in collaboration with the Merck Foundation will launch a media training aimed at fighting infertility stigma by bringing awareness to communities through media reports, the Zim Morning Post has learnt.

This came after the first lady met with the Merck Foundation Chief Executive Officer Rasha Kelej at the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit underway in Dubai.

In an interview with this publication, Mnangagwa (Auxillia) said she was happy that she has made a breakthrough in the fight against infertility stigma.

I have made a breakthrough with Merck Foundation where we are going to see training of doctors in embryology, and many others particularly being trained in India. I am also going to look at infertility which also is a silent issue but it’s something that is in our midst,” she said.

We are looking at breaking the stigma and bringing back harmony, living together, accepting the condition and that it is in both men and women not “women only “as is normally associated with.

We are also looking at training Media staff so they are aware of how to broadcast, bringing awareness to communities through their expertise in that discipline. Awards are going to be given to media, film making and fashion designers.”

Kelej said Merck Foundation has pledged $1000 prize money for winners of the Media awards in the categories of print, radio, online and television.

The Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit attracted more than 15 African countries.  The First Ladies took the opportunity to interact and share experiences from their respective countries.