First lady professor Gertrude Mutharika has launched Merck More than a mother initiative whose aim is to end criticisms on families who do not have children.

Speaking during the launch in Lilongwe Mutharika who is ambassador of Merck in Malawi said it is sad that such families are criticized a lot.

“The initiative is here to end infertility and make Malawians aware that a woman is more than a mother and a man is more than a father,” Mutharika emphasised

She asked Malawians to work with her in ending cancer and infertility in the country.

In his remarks Minister of health Jappie Mhango said the initiative is important to the country because infertility will now be addressed.

Mhango said “some doctors will get scholarships to undergo training in cancer and infertility.”

He called upon nurses and doctors to be attentive to patients in order to detect cancer at its early stage.

Mhango urged Malawians to go for cancer and infertility tests.