Five African first ladies have pledged to fight stigma associated with childlessness.

The Central African Republic, the Gambia, Chad, Niger and Guinea first ladies said they were committed to a long term partnership with Merck Foundation’s More Than A Mother drive to implement fertility and cancer access programmes.

They will be assisted by Ugandan, Ethiopian and Sierra Leonean health ministers.

Merck More Than A Mother campaign aims at empowering barren women through access to information, education and changing society mindset.

The foundation also supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care.

Its programmes cover Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia and Core d’ivoire.

Merck Foundation CEO and founder of the campaign Rasha Kelej said governments would be brought on board now that first ladies had accepted to be ambassadors of the programme.

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