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Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp awarded by Africa's First Female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

H.E. President of Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recognizes Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp for Merck's contribution towards empowering women and girls in science and technology. Merck marks the International Women's Day with the launch of their 'More than a Mother' and 'STEM program' in Liberia.

Merck (www.MerckGroup.com), a leading science and technology company, has announced today that H.E. President of the Republic of Liberia and Africa's First Female Head of State Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has awarded a 'Medal of Honour' to Prof. FrankStangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KG in recognition of Merck's efforts to empower African women and girls in the fields of science and technology where they are currently under-represented.

Watch this video of Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp's award ceremony: https://youtu.be/ldNiMBihA5o.

The award is also to recognize 'Merck More than a Mother' which aims to empower infertile women in Liberia and across the African continent.

Receiving his award Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp said: "I am very proud to receive this African Medal of Honour which is very important for Merck as a leading company in science and technology as it recognizes its commitment to Africa's social and economic development."

"Real economic growth and prosperity that will ensure not only all basic needs but also quality of life for African people can never be achieved without the economic empowerment of women and youth. Therefore we firmly support these programs to build capacity and empower women and youth in Africa," emphasized Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp.

"As a Ministry we have made a decision to partner with 'Merck STEM Program' to empower our girls in science and technology. This program is very important for Liberia and Her Excellency President of Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is very interested to make this program a great success,"Liberia's Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Cassell emphasized.

"To mark International Women's Day and in recognition of the important role women can play in the economic and social development of Africa, Merck is empowering women and girls to participate in STEM where they are currently under-represented, through the 'Merck STEM Program'. We are especially women at Merck very proud of this award because it is from our role model, Africa's First Female president and Head of State of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf", explained Dr Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer of Merck Healthcare.

Merck inaugurated this initiative at Victoria Tolbert School in Liberia where it equipped its library with computer and science labs to encourage young girls to study science and technology and become the future physicians, scientists and engineers.

STEM Project by Merck is the first external support Victoria Tolbert School gets since its establishment by Her Excellency the head of state of Liberia for underprivileged and vulnerable girls.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Merck.

Media contact:
Grace Mukasa
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Join the conversation on social media on how to encourage women and girls participation in STEM and build research capacity in Africa:

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Please visit www.UNESCO-MARS.com for more information.

For more about Merck's programs in Liberia, please watch videos below:

Merck More than a Mother-The Story of Empowering Westpoint Women, Liberia: https://youtu.be/dkcjkEqqqi0; Merck STEM Program for Girls and Women, Liberia: https://youtu.be/IP6M8sTHuvw; Merck More than a Mother with Julia Duncan Cassell - Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Liberia: https://youtu.be/1nvLcMRdsQw.

To read more about Merck More than a Mother please visit www.MerckMoreThanAMother.com.

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About Merck:

Merck (www.MerckGroup.com) is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2016, Merck generated sales of € 15.0 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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