Accra, Ghana, The First Lady of Ghana Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo Wednesday night hosted Madame Professor Gertrude Mutharika and other African first ladies to a gala dinner at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana after a long day of meetings and sharing strides made so far in ending infertility stigma
Madam Rebecca Akufo-Addo who is hosting the African first ladies from 20 African countries and other dignitaries under Merck Foundation, a charitable arm of Merck Germany thanked the first ladies for honoring the invitation hosted by her country
She then called upon African countries to remain vigilant and united in the fight against maternal health, infertility stigma and health related issues as there is no country that can develop if its citizens are unhealthy
Madam Akuffo-Addo said she organized the gala dinner so that the first ladies who might have met for the first time can have ample time to know each other while enjoying the Ghanaian foods
Madame Professor Gertrude Mutharika, Malawi’s Merck More than a Mother ambassador, attended the dinner alongside other first ladies from Zambia, Burundi, Siera Leone, Zambia just to mention a few and she was joined by cabinet ministers from Malawi
Malawi’s own musician Dan Lu as well as music from Zambia and Burundi with More Than a Mother theme from African countries was among the songs that spiced up the night
At the dinner young Ghana fashion designers were awarded and realizing the important role media plays in disseminating information, Merck Foundation also recognized journalists from Print, television and Online.
According to Merck CEO, Dr Rasha Kelej journalists and designers from each country with outstanding work will be awarded every year in the host country of the Merck annual gathering.
Pics and report by Joshua Malango, Ministry of Health and Population
Source: MANA Online