This initiative is a part of Merck Foundations ‘Merck Cancer Access Program’ that has been initiated by the Merck Foundation to increase the limited number of oncologists across Africa.
The Foundation signed an MOU with the Tata Memorial center , a premier cancer center in India, to provide fellowship program to Africa candidates.
“We are delighted to formalize today our collaboration with the Tata Memorial center under the umbrella of newly launched Merck Foundation. We have started our collaboration in 2016, during these two years, we have provided more than 30 African doctors with one-year oncology fellowship at Tata Memorial Center.We believe that our partnership with India has a long way to go and together we can play a vital role in Africa and Asia.” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation
Merck foundation strongly believe that building capacity is the right strategy to improve cancer care since lack of professional skills is the key challenge in Africa and developing countries.
During the signing of MOU with Manipal Academy of Higher Education, to partner in providing embryology training program for Africa and Asia. Merck Foundation in partnership with MAHE launched Merck Embryology Training Program, a certified course in Assistive Reproduction and Embryology through its ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign.
“We are pleased to partner with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India to provide hands-on practical training to develop embryologists platform in Africa and Asia to increase the number of standalone embryologists, and to improve the access to cost-effective fertility care in the developing countries, since the lack of trained and skilled health personnel is the main challenge in Africa and Asia.” adds Dr.Rasha Kelej
In 2017 alone, MF initiated three major activities in partnership with Academia, Ministries of health and the offices of First Ladies in more than 35 countries: Merck Cancer Access Program : Over 30 African physicians received oncology fellowship programmes spanning one to two years, in a bid to help increase the limited number of oncologists in Africa. Merck More than a Mother: More than 50 candidates received training to be embryologists and fertility specialists in Africa and Asia to improve quality, regulated and safe fertility care in developing countries. Mercak Diabetes and Hypertension Awards: Over 50 medical postgraduates will receive a in diabetes or preventive cardiovascular medicines, as part of the effort to establish a of diabetes and hypertension experts in Africa and Asia.