Merck Foundation and First Lady of Guinea launch book to educate young people on infertility

The Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea, Her Excellency Djene Conde, together with the Ministry of Education have launched an inspiring children’s story book of Abubaker and Fataou to strengthen family values of love and respect in young people

The book has a special message addressed to young readers from HE Djene Conde, who is ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and president of Merck More Than a Mother.

Dr. Rasha Kelej said: “The story of Abubaker tells a story of a husband and wife who couldn’t have children but they never lost love or respect for each other, the man supported his wife during the fertility treatment journey and acknowledged that he too can be the cause of infertility and lived happily ever after.

“It’s important for parents and caregivers to start teaching respect and nurturing empathy from a very young age. We should teach boys these qualities at their schools and through media. I believe both boys and girls need the same kind of guidance. Just like girls, young boys gradually learn how to control their behaviour during their pre-school and elementary school years. This story is our way to empower our boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally.”

Her Excellency, Djene Conde, said: “This story is part of the Merck More Than a Mother campaign, which is very close to my heart. It is a great initiative to prepare our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect.

“Reading Abubaker’s story will teach our children to respect and value all people, regardless of being parents or not. It will also help prepare our children for tomorrow with the right family values of love and respect. Everyone deserves respect and love, and should never ever be overlooked or, worse, abused —even if they are childless.”

Merck Foundation launched their programs in partnership with the First Lady of Guinea together with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information and Communication, to build equitable healthcare capacity and break the infertility stigma in the country.

Merck Foundation will also be working closely with the Office of First Lady to support the establishment of first ever public IVF centre in the country by providing technical advice and training to medical and paramedical staff.

We at IVFbabble are so dedicated to breaking the silence and last year launched the first ever World Fertility Day. This annual awareness day will be taking place this year on 2 November 2019.

We would love your help and support to break infertility taboos and empower people across countries and cultures. To be a part of World Fertility Day, please email

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