Testimonials of Merck Foundation Alumni

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Dr. Nihad Salifu, Ghana

Paediatric Medical Oncology Fellow | 2017
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Ghana has a population of about 26 million with a cancer rate of 109 per 100,000 people, and yet there is no single trained medical oncologist in the whole country. The duty of medical oncologist is handled by other specialties such as radiation oncologist, general surgeons, genitourinary surgeons, and haematologists among others. This makes the care of patients very difficult because these doctors are not formally trained in medical oncology.” Says Nihad Salifu.

In addition, there are only three paediatric oncologists in the whole country, and our cancer cure rate is very low in children- it is about 20% when cure rates are approaching 80% in many developed parts of the world.” Added Salifu.
Salifu is one of the first candidates of the Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program says,” This huge human resource deficit in childhood cancer care is the main motivating factor for me applying to be considered for this training. I will benefit from this great opportunity being given to our country by Merck Foundation. The Merck Fellowship Program will add to the few paediatric oncologists in Ghana, to ease the workload, improve quality of patient care, add to the number of voices advocating for these patients and to the number of trainers of health workers delivering services including awareness creation. It will also strengthen the team effort in the area of research and improve the paediatric cancer registry.”

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Dr. Christina V. Malichewe, Tanzania

Adult Medical Oncology Fellow | 2017
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Cancer is a growing concern in Tanzania, and limited facilities and few healthcare providers against the high rising number of patients diagnosed at advanced stages pose a great challenge to a developing country like Tanzania. Unfortunately, there are only two medical oncologists in a country of approximately 50 million people, one studied in Italy and another in China. We need more specialized oncologists in this field. Thank you, Merck Foundation for starting this program!! However, it is only through unique opportunities such as the Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program we can make the needed change in our societies to improve patient access to cancer care.” Christina Malichewe said. 

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Dr. Abdulkadir M, Ethiopia

Paediatric Medical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

“I am a faculty member of Addis Ababa University working at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital department of paediatrics and child health hemato-oncology unit. I am general paediatrician serving kids suffering from cancer with no additional formal training in paediatric oncology. Merck Africa Fellowship Program will help me to update and upgrade my knowledge and skill in Paediatric Oncology; this helps me to give the appropriate and improved quality of care to cancer patients and helps us to expand the service.
 
Ethiopia is a country with approximately 100 million population. Currently, the country has three oncologists that serve the stated population. As I am faculty in the university, it will help the country to improve training program by strengthening and expanding Paediatric oncology fellowship program; this will increase the number of paediatric oncologists and improve access for kids with cancer to get timely improved and appropriate care.”

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Dr Bonginkosi Shadrack Shoba, South Africa

Medical Oncology Fellow | 2017
Merck Foundation Alumni

“South Africa has no more than a mere handful of oncologists, all of them in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. There are no dedicated oncology centres even in those big cities. There is currently one public stem cell centre in Cape Town that caters to three patients at a time. Sad but true, a diagnosis of any form of cancer including early stage Hodgkins lymphoma in South Africa carries a swift, cruel death sentence, particularly so if you happen to reside in a rural area, as about 80% of South Africa’s population does. Therefore Merck Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Nairobi will help me to transform the lives of those black, poor, rural young folk I watch dying mercilessly, avoidable deaths from even easily treatable Hodgkins lymphoma in my country.”

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Dr. Mohammed Ezzi, Kenya

Medical Oncology Fellow | 2017
Merck Foundation Alumni

“The Kenyan government has made Cancer a national disaster, setting up regional cancer centres, and buying equipment worth billions of shillings. However, the human resource capacity required for managing cancer is lagging behind. We need the personnel – the Oncologists to complement efforts by the government and other organizations so that we can effectively tackle this menace.

The two year Merck Oncology Fellowship program in partnership with the University of Nairobi is the first Medical Oncology Fellowship program to be conducted in Sub Saharan Africa. It is the beacon of hope for all Africans.”
 

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Dr. Adane Nigussie Robi, Ethiopia

Palliative Care Fello | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

“I was delighted to know about and to be part of the fellowship program on palliative care that Merck foundation is planning to give. After completing the fellowship program, I will be the person with palliative care training in my hospital, we have only three oncologists, and only two of them are giving palliative care to patients. I have a plan to start a palliative care training after completing my fellowship here. Palliative care is not only about resources, above anything it needs a trained healthcare professional. About this Merck Foundation is taking the pivotal role in my country, Ethiopia.”
 

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Dr. Angela McLigeyo, Kenya

Medical Oncology Fellow | 2017
Merck Foundation Alumni

“The need to improve the quality of cancer care in Kenya is critical. Especially in the setting of the growing cancer burden in Kenya and the high morality rates that accompanies it. Also, the majority of the cancer patients in Kenya have to travel out of the country to seek treatment due to the high local treatment costs and the shortage of specialists.

The ‘Merck Oncology Fellowship Program’ in partnership with the University of Nairobi, aptly suits our need of increasing the number of trained oncologists in the continent.”
 

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Dr. Damas Dukundane, Rwanda

Adult Medical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

Dr. Damas explained “When the opportunity of Medical oncology fellowship was announced at the Health Ministry of Rwanda, I immediately showed my interest in it.  Cancer care in Rwanda is still a scarcity, for slight over 11 million of Rwandans, we have probably only one Oncologist. Cancer is still a death sentence for many Rwandans who cannot access the necessary cancer care that is often sought abroad.”
 
Not all solutions will come in one day, but for my patients and myself, this is a hopeful step towards achieving adequate cancer care in Rwanda and the region. I have a lot of expectations from the program and what to achieve after the training. I hope to become a leader in cancer treatment, researcher, and advocate for accessible treatments especially for underprivileged communities at risk.”

I sincerely appreciate the Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship as one of the many Merck Foundation initiatives to touch lives around Africa and in the world. 
 

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Dr Josephine Augustinus, Namibia

Medical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

"Namibia population is 2,5 million, and more than 3000 new cancer cases get diagnosed on a yearly basis. I am confident that by the end of the one-year fellowship, I will be better equipped to manage cancer patients through preventions, early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. I sincerely want to thank Merck Foundation for this great program that will transform the lives of cancer patients and their families. Please continue your great work."
 

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Dr Sekitene Semei Buswambaza, Uganda

Medical Oncology Fellow |
2018 Merck Foundation Alumni

Coming from a humble background, and having worked at Uganda Cancer Institute since 2010, initially as a volunteer, I have enjoyed helping our cancer patients many of whom come from less privileged communities.

Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship program is significant to me because it is giving me an opportunity to learn and improve the way I have been managing cancer patients.

A bond with Merck Foundation as an alumnus is going to keep me updated with new developments in cancer care and exposure to a variety of learning seminars and workshops. All these and other benefits mean that my patients in Uganda will get better services and my dream of extending quality care to those in need of it will become a reality.
 

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Dr. Paul Kamfwa, Zambia

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

I will be the first gynecologic oncologist in Zambia, thanks to Merck Oncology Fellowship Program. The Fellowship will help me to receive extensive surgical exposure to gynecological procedures, chemotherapy and learn the new and advanced techniques of radiotherapy”.
 
Zambian women will have a quality and continuity of care since surgery and administering of chemoradiotherapy can be facilitated by the same person in their home country.”

 

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Dr. Alemayehu Natnael, Ethiopia

Adult Medical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Currently, there is not even a single oncologist in the Southern part of Ethiopia with an estimated population of 18 million. There are only three oncologists in Ethiopia for about 100 million population. Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program is a Golden path to tackle the growing challenge posed by Cancer in Africa. By completing this fellowship program, I feel that I will also be a critical asset to my country and my people to address their suffering.”
 

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Dr Musana Othiniel, Uganda

Gynacologic Oncology Fellow | 2019
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Uganda as a country lacks a national cancer screening program yet cervical and breast cancer remains the most common cancers and account for the highest proportion of cancers requiring radiotherapy. The country also has a shortage of competent gynae-oncologists, researchers and educators in Uganda, hence limiting access for women with cancer to screening, diagnostic and treatment services.
The Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program will expand my knowledge on the selection of appropriate clinical and research methodology used in gynecologic-oncology. I hope to improve my skills in carrying out appropriate and evidence-based clinical diagnosis and treatment, but also empower me with excellent clinical education skill to mentor other young health workers.”

 

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Dr. Justin Mulindwa, Zambia

Paediatric Medical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Currently, I am based at the Cancer Diseases Hospital which is the only Centre providing Paediatric Oncology Care for children across a country of an estimated 15 million people with an estimated 45% being in the Paediatric age group of up to 15 years old. Therefore, Merck Oncology Fellowship Program is very important for Zambia.  It provided me and other doctors with a unique training opportunity that will enhance Paediatric oncology care, pediatric oncology research and teaching in the country.”
 

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Dr. Kabisa Mwala, Zambia

Surgical Oncology Fellow | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

“I am a general surgeon deeply interested in Surgical Oncology because of my passion for helping patients ravaged by cancer especially, women with breast cancer. 
 
The Merck Surgical Oncology Fellowship will enhance my knowledge and skills in the field of Surgical Oncology to better contribute to managing cancer patients in Zambia. My country and our patients will benefit from this much-needed skill and knowledge I will gain from this fellowship.” 

 

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Dr Louise Mapleh Kpoto, Liberia

Merck Fertility Training Program, India | 2019
Merck Foundation Alumni

I am grateful and feel privileged with a sense of fulfillment and a dream come true for undergoing Merck foundation Fertility training program and become the first fertility specialist in Liberia.

This program has prepared me to fill the gap and therefore provide the critically needed help for infertile couples for the first time in their home country. For my patient the opportunity to have accessible and affordable local fertility care gives them hope and security.

Merck Foundation together with our Liberia First Lady are making history in our country by providing training for the first embryologists and fertility specialists in Liberia. It is a dream come true.

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Dr. Nowiah Gorpudolo-Dennis, Liberia

Merck Fertility Training Program, India | 2019
Merck Foundation Alumni

Merck Foundation training in fertility care will greatly enhance and sharpen my clinical skills in providing the accurate diagnosis of infertile couples. This is critical to alleviate the mental stress and financial burden associated with multiple incorrect diagnostic procedures, which tends to delay the initiation of evidence-based treatment protocols. The effective treatment of infertile couples will significantly improve the value of their contributions to the community. Merck Foundation together with our Liberia First Lady are making history by providing training for the first fertility specialists and embryologists in Liberia. I am one of them.

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Philip Baysah, Liberia

Merck Embryology Training Program, Manipal University, India | 2019
Merck Foundation Alumni

Don't stop acquiring higher education. Merck Foundation has made my dream of becoming a trained embryologists  came  to life, Merck Foundation together with our Liberia First Lady are making history by providing training for the first fertility specialists and embryologists in Liberia.

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Dr. Patience Monica Mator, Liberia

Merck Embryology Training Program, India | 2018
Merck Foundation Alumni

I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Merck Foundation to be the first embryologist in Liberia. I worked as a clinician and came across couples who have struggled to have a child but to no avail. Being in an African society especially Liberia, couples are stigmatized for not having a child. So, my dream was to advance my studies and help couples in need of having a child. Now I am glad that through this knowledge obtained from Merck Embryology/Fertility Training Program, couples can now have the opportunity to get local fertility care to overcome the stigma they have faced over the years.

Through Merck Foundation program in partnership with Liberia First Lady , Our country for the first time has their own  local clinical embryologists and fertility specialists .
 

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Dr. Peva F.Gbagornah, Liberia

Merck Foundation Nationwide Diabetes Blue Point program.
Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes
Merck Foundation Alumni

The prevalence of Diabetes in Liberia is increasing on a daily basis. I can better serve our pa-tients with the increased knowledge gained from the one year Diabetes Diploma provided to me by the "Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Point program" in partnership with Liberia First Lady. Liberia does not have a specialized diabetes center. After I have graduated from this diploma, the government has decided to find a place suitable to open a diabetes center for me to be able to cater to patients living with the diabetes condition in this nation.

The diploma has a significant impact on my professional career, it has improved my treatment approach to patients. I am the first person in Liberia to have obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Management. I am so glad that Merck Foundation has made this possible. I assure them that I will continue to provide quality care to people suffering from these preventable dis-eases. In addition, I'll also start to give health talks where I share information related to pre-vention and early detection. This will improve the heath of our communities in Liberia.

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Dr Lughano Ndovie, Namibia

Advanced ART and Fertility Specialists Training
Merck foundation Alumni

What a great honor and privilege to be part of such a prestigious Fertility training program provided by Merck Foundation in partnership with Namibia First Lady. It is a dream come true to be a Merck Foundation alumnus and first trained Fertility specialist in public sector of Namibia which helps me to build a better future and improve lives of my community.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. My clinical skills have greatly improved, and I am confident that I will now be able to provide much-needed access to equitable and quality assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in the public sector closer to my community. Scaling up the training nationwide will reshape the landscape of Fertility care across Namibia.

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Sr. Hileni Samuel, Namibia

Merck Foundation Nationwide Diabetes Blue Point Program.
Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes
Merck foundation Alumni

We don't have enough specialists for Diabetes care in Namibia. I am the first registered nurse to get a Diabetes Master Course as a specialty. I feel honored and privileged to be awarded by Merck Foundation in partnership with Namibia First Lady. The course has helped me to gain the necessary skills towards Diabetes and Hypertension care. It made a great impact not only on my career but also on my community because this course is necessary to render equitable effective and quality Diabetes and Hypertension care in public sector.

Now I am able to cater more to the needs of my patients, who are happy with the better information and care they get. With the inception of the course, I have been touring Namibia sharing information on Diabetes and Hypertension care. With this course, I am much more equipped to deal with the patients. I am really grateful from the bottom of my heart for Merck Foundation for how they have supported me and other healthcare providers to devel-op a strong platform of specialists in Namibia. We really need this.

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Dr. Sofia Jarombwereni Natshikare Nepembe, Namibia

Merck Capacity Advancement Program

Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine

In Namibia, we don't have many studies which look into the prevalence of Hypertension and Diabetes. From 2012 to 2016, about 53% of the deaths were attributed to non-communicable diseases and of this 21% was attributed to Cardiovascular diseases and 4% to Diabetes. Ongoing research is still needed. Most of our Hypertension and Diabetic clinics are run by Nurses and Medical Officers. We are definitely in high need of specialists in the field of Diabetes and Hypertension. I felt privileged and excited to be nominated for one year online Diploma Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine provided by Merck Foundation in partnership with Namibia First Lady. From day one, this Post Graduate Diploma has greatly broadened my under-standing of the cardiovascular diseases and eventually help me in treating the patients better. I am now able to come up with a proper management plan for the Hypertensive and Diabetes patients.

One thing I must say is that do not underestimate the power of an online course. It is not as easy as it sounds. It requires dedication and effort. It was an experience I cherish, and I am very proud of. The support from Merck Foundation was really great. They are always there to support us if we have any questions. Providing more doctors with these Diplomas will help to improve access to nationwide Diabetes and Hypertension care through strong platform of local specialists in Namibia. Dr. Sofia Jarombwereni Natshikare Nepembe

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Meko Kenkpen, Liberia

Merck Embryology Training Program
Merck Foundation Alumni

I am very grateful to the Merck Foundation for the great opportunity given me to be a part of this unique Merck Foundation Embryology training program to become one of the first Fertility care team in Liberia. I want to say to the Merck Foundation and our First Lady that you have not just educated and trained me as a Clinical Embryologist but you have also saved a nation, a country where the knowledge, treatment and prevention of infertility is very limited and women are mostly accused day after day. I am back to Liberia to support infertile couples and to educate my people, through radio talk shows and community group discussions with the aim to break infertility stigma. And by also going to various high schools and Universities to educate students as well. Meko Kenkpen

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Ms. Yolande Ndemanou Feudjio, Cameroon

MARS Best African Women Researchers Award winner
Oncology Research Fellowship Graduate
Merck Foundation Alumni

“I am very proud to win the second award of MARS Best African Women Researcher award. During my cancer research training provided to me by Merck Foundation as my award,  I’ve learned many diagnostic methods that will allow me to implement them in Cameroon, for a better investigation of cancer cases and to use better treatment methods to reduce the high number of mortality rate due to cancer.”

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Mr. Dehie Dana Mahamat, Chad

Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program
Laboratory Technology Training Graduate
Merck Foundation Alumni

“L am very happy to one of the selected candidates for Merck Foundation oncology fellowship program which will help us to improve cancer care of our patients in Chad. Thanks to the Merck Foundation and Our First Lady who provided us with this great opportunity to be part of the first trained cancer care team in Chad”

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Mr. OBAME ONDO Juste Alain, Gabon

Merck Africa oncology Fellowhsip Program
Oncology Nursing
Merck Foundation Alumni

“The Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program was an opportunity for me to discover the different international nursing techniques and methods applied in medical oncology for patients and their families.

This oncologist nursing training is very critical for cancer care in Ethiopia since  the care provided by oncology nurses is not yet very well developed there.”

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Dr. Abdoulaye Keita, Senegal

Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program
Pathology Oncology Fellow
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Cancer remains a major public health problem in Senegal and the rest of Africa. Its care is multidisciplinary. It is very important to focus on prevention because "prevention is better than cure". The early diagnosis and immediate treatment are also very important because they avoid complications.

The Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship Program will enable us to improve the early diagnosis and proper management of Cancer and to increase our experience as a pathologist In our countries we will try to empower our patients to benefit from this learned experience.

Many thanks to the Merck Foundation and Ministry of Health of Senegal for giving us this great opportunity.”

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Dr MAMADOU OUMAROU Ramatou, Niger

Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Program
Medical Oncology Fellow
Merck Foundation Alumni

“Once back to the National Center for the Fight Against Cancer (NPLC) in Niamey, Niger , we will do our utmost best to apply the knowledge gained during this one year Medical Oncology Fellowship Program in India, in order to improve the management of cancer patients in Niger.

First of all, I thank the Merck Foundation and our First Lady for giving us the opportunity to be among the beneficiaries of this valuable program which aims to reshape the cancer care landscape not only in Niger but across Africa.

This program is very important for our country because it allowed us to strengthen our knowledge in medical oncology in general and more specifically to familiarize ourselves with the new therapeutic techniques such as targeted therapies and immunotherapy that are not yet available at home.

We will seize every opportunity to share with our colleagues this knowledge and specially to teach young medical students who come to do the internship in our center.

Furthermore, the relationship we built with our trainers and professors will allow us to discuss the difficult cases of our patients, even when we are back in our country, in order to offer them the best treatment options they can have.

Thank you, Merck Foundation for my training and the scholarships you provided to my other colleagues to form the first multidisciplinary cancer care team in Niger”.

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Dr. Sira Ownibingire, Tanzania

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology Surgeon Fellow

“I am an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and an Academician working at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, and at the National Teaching Hospital in Tanzania, I am proud to have been one of the African healthcare providers who benefited from Merck Foundation oncology fellowship program. In Tanzania, we have a significant number of head and neck cancer patients and the incidences have kept on increasing as it is for the other cancers. However, there are very few head and neck oncology surgeons to serve population of about 55 millions in the country. Early detection has remained a challenge and treatment is less effective mainly because of lack of appropriate infrastructures and inadequate qualified oncology surgeons.

My training on head and neck oncology will benefit the patients especially those with oral and pharyngeal carcinoma, cutaneous head and neck cancers and other malignancies. Regarding my role as a trainer, the exemplary training I received at TMC will benefit, and actually has already started benefiting, the trainees in oral and maxillofacial surgery, otorhinolaryngology, and dentistry. I have extra information to share with the fellow surgeons and academicians on the current techniques of cancer treatment learned at TMC and how to improve our oncology practice. This training has also helped to have the solid foundation in further training in the field of head and neck cancer. This enabled me to fulfil objectives beyond my expectations.

I sincerely appreciate the strong strategy that Merck foundation following to increase the limited number of skilled and trained oncologists in Africa. *As I read, more than 80 doctors from 27 countries were trained in world class training institutions in Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia and India,  to be the first  oncologists in their countries in different disciplinary*. And I am one of them.”

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Dr. Beimy Pe Neabei, Guinea

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Pediatric Oncology Fellow
Merck Foundation Alumni

“The Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship is very important to me and my country. It enabled  me to make good improvement  in the cancer management .

The challenge in Guinea is the lack of awareness for early diagnosis, the need to reduce the drop-out rate, make cancer drugs available, provide training for medical staff and establish oncology clinics across the country. Therefore, thanks for Merck Foundation and our First Lady for organizing this oncology fellowship training for me and my other colleagues to be the first oncologists in Guinea.

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Dr. Sylvestre Bazikamwe, Burundi

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Merck Foundation Alumni

“I am back in my small and beloved country Burundi. Merck Foundation Fellowship in Gynae Oncology at TATA Memorial Centre, India of One year duration will help my patients and my trainees in Kamenge University Hospital significantly. I have begun to organize my Gynaecology Onco operating room and I’m training my team to start as early as possible surgical procedures to save the lives of our women in Burundi. We’ll perform early detection and management of Gynae cancers. I'm trying to share acquired knowledge and skills with my colleagues at the University of Burundi. The gap is huge, we need to have a DMG (District Medical Group) in the main specialties so that we can deal with cancer care in our hospital in a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, I’m very grateful to Merck Foundation and our First Lady and Ministry of Health for starting this strong strategy to fill this gap and focus on training local medical staff so they can provide quality cancer care for our communities for the first time in our beautiful Burundi. This is a great transformation of our public healthcare sector”.

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 Dr. Tommy koroma, Sierra Leone

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master degree in medical oncology at NCI, Cairo Un

My name is Dr. Tommy Koroma, a Sierra Leonean Medical Doctor currently a Medical Oncology Resident , National Cancer Institute, Cairo University. Sierra Leone is one of the least under developed countries in west Africa. The incident of cancer is on the rise in Sierra Leone  ranging breast, prostate, GIT cancer to name  a few and there is currently  no established oncology treatment Centre and also  a trained Medical oncologist in the country. I want to  thank Merck Foundation and our First Lady for giving me this opportunity through the Merck Africa Oncology scholarship program  to be  trained as the First Medical Oncologist in Sierra Leone. We are making history together and I am proud of this. Upon successful completion of my Oncology Training, I promise to return to Sierra Leone to serve my people whom are in dire need of quality and affordable cancer care.
 

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Dr. Nadye fatou sow, Senegal

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master degree In Pediatric Oncology at NCI, Cairo

“It's a great honor and a chance to be a part of Merck Foundation Oncology fellowship Program. The foundation is following and supporting us at every step of this three year master degree in paediatric oncology. We're not only getting the opportunity to be well trained at world class training institute at NCI, Cairo University   but also we're acquiring a huge medical, social and cultural experience in Egypt. Sharing these experiences with fellows from other African countries makes it even more special. This training will help improving our patients access to cancer care in Senegal through increasing the human resource capacity knowing that Senegal only has 2 paediatric oncologists. It will also bring new perspectives and approaches on how to improve our current health care system with respect to  paediatric oncology in Senegal. “

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Dr. Joseph Siame, Zambia

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Medical Oncology at NCI, Cairo Un

“I may not give accurate statistics of Oncologists in Zambia, but it is enough  to say that Merck Foundation has provided training to our first multi-disciplinary Oncology team of seven Zambian doctors at Tata Memorial Hospital  in India.  Therefore, I am very proud to be selected by Zambia First Lady and Ministry of health to be the 8th Zambian doctor to benefit from Merck foundation scholarship of three year master degree of medical oncology at a very prestigious cancer institute, NCI in beautiful Egypt, our second home now.  When I complete my training it will be a big contribution not only to my career development, but also to cancer care delivery system  in my country . This contribution will be timely for Zambia with only one cancer center  in Lusaka is caring for a population of approximately 17millions . Because of this patients are made to travel long distance at very late stage of their  cancer, this ultimately leads to increase in abandonment rate of treatment since patients can’t manage to fund frequent mobilization  to follow up. I would recommend this training to anyone wants to train to be a medical oncologist at one of the world class cancer treatment center, national cancer institute, NCI, Cairo, Egypt.Thank you to Merck foundation for this opportunity. Keep up the good work.” 
 

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Dr Babalanda Joan Peace, Uganda

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Surgical Oncology at NCI, Cairo U

“I must say I’m proud to be part of the Merck foundation Oncology Fellowship Program at one of the best cancer training Institutes worldwide, NCI in Egypt. This training for me and my country is timely mainly because it has come at a time when there is a significant increase in the cases of cancer yet cancer related morbidity and mortality remains high. More Specialized cancer care in Uganda is still needed  in all areas mostly surgical  oncology. Ugandans are obliged to seek cancer surgery abroad at a very high cost if they can afford. Further still the prognosis of cancer patients managed in Uganda has remained poor. Cancer care on the whole requires a multi-disciplinary approach. I therefore believe with this training I will be in a better position to ensure that cancer care is approached with a more holistic and comprehensive approach. Having specialized surgical oncology in public sector will greatly reduce the need for cancer surgeries abroad hence reduce its cost. Further still I will ensure that the skills I will have acquired in cancer surgery are transferred broadly in order to improve access to specialized surgery nationally. Eventually, cancer care services in Uganda will improve considerably and clinical outcomes and prognosis enhanced nationwide. .

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Dr Adolphe MUHIRE , Rwanda

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Medical Oncology at NCI, Cairo Un

“I am very delighted and honored to benefit from this great opportunity of Merck Foundation Scholarship of Master degree of Medical Oncology   at one of the best training sites worldwide , The National  Cancer Institute (NCI ) in Egypt. 

This Program will allow me, after completion to provide proper management for cancer patients in Rwanda and the whole East Africa region. Especially there's still a big gap of cancer care infrastructure, lack of skilled personnel hence poor outcomes plus high mortality rate in Africa. 

Therefore, I am very thankful to the Merck Foundation and the Government of Rwanda for this great opportunity, that I strongly believe will help me make a positive impact on cancer care. “

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Dr. Deddeh E P Supuwood, Liberia

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Medical Oncology at NCI, Cairo Un

"My first encounter with cancer was in 2001 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For eight years I watched her struggle with it and she finally succumbed to it in 2009. Living and growing up in a postwar country like Liberia, where access to quality healthcare is a major challenge, I've seen so many others unsuccessfully battle with various types of cancer, most importantly because there is no oncologist to properly manage them. The opportunity given me by MERCK Foundation is not only a dream come through for me, but also for my country Liberia because a few years from now, Liberia) will boast of her own oncologists for the first time. It is history in the making with Merck Foundation and Liberia First Lady  to reshape and advance  not only our cancer care but healthcare in general.” 

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Dr. Iddrisu A. Rashid Timtoni, Ghana

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Medical Oncology at NCI, Cairo Un

“It is estimated that there will be 15 million cases of cancer annually by the year 2020, 70% of which will occur in developing countries. Ghana as a developing country with a population of about 31 millions has only two national cancer centers in the country that offer comprehensive cancer services including radiotherapy. These centers are in two tertiary hospitals, both in the southern part of the country, making it difficult for patients with cancer in the northern part of the country to access these two centers which lead to partial and complete abandonment of treatment hence very poor outcomes. Unfortunately, medical oncologists who play a central role and coordinating patient care are very few  in Ghana with none in the northern part of the country, and therefore an urgent need to train doctors to fill this gap . Therefore Merck foundation program to provide scholarship for master degree in medical oncology in Egypt was the successful strategy to address this huge challenge not only in Ghana but in the rest of Africa. This will empower me with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage cancer patients, especially  in the areas completely deprived of such specialized care. I will play an advocacy role in prevention and early detection of cases as well as partnering with colleagues and other health agencies to set up comprehensive cancer treatment centers in the northern part of the country to improve access to quality and equitable cancer care. Also, by contributing to the area of research in oncology, which is at an infancy stage in Ghana, the country will benefit greatly, as the findings will be utilized to adapt cancer care protocols to our local needs in our country, Ghana. THANK YOU, MERCK FOUNDATION.”

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Dr Sam Sama Banya , Siera Leone

Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship program
Master Degree In Surgical Oncology at NCI, Cairo U

“There is no oncology center, no trained personnel in oncology before today in my country, Siera Leone . As one of the doctors from my country who benefited from the Merck Foundation Scholarship for master degree in medical oncology , I feel honored and fulfilled as after my training program my country will be proud to have the first trained and qualified surgical oncologist through the Merck Foundation. Breast Cancer for example is very common and is killing most women in my country like most countries Africa. Sierra Leonean women will now have the opportunity to get a doctor who will give them the information on breast cancer ranging from screening, early diagnosis and planned management. I must thank the Merck Foundation and our First Lady for making such history in my country by training cancer care teams in all subspecialties.  “. 

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Yamuremye Fulgence, Burundi

Merck Foundation Alumni
French Diabetes Mastercourse, 2020

Je m'appelle Dr YAMUREMYE Fulgence. Je suis résident en chirurgie à l'Hôpital Universitaire Roi Khaled à Bujumbura au Burundi

La Fondation Merck m'a donné l'opportunité de me spécialiser dans la prise en charge clinique du diabète. La formation a été dispensée en ligne pendant trois mois et accréditée par les Sociétés du Diabètes, Royaume. A cette époque, en tant que jeune médecin travaillant à la campagne, j'avais des difficultés à soigner les patients diabétiques.

J'ai eu la chance, grâce à la Fondation Merck, la formation m'a doté de vastes connaissances sur la prise en charge du diabète ; et cela m'aide beaucoup dans ma pratique quotidienne. Je me sens plus en confiance. Dans les services de chirurgie, nous recevons des patients souffrant de complications du diabète, telles que des problèmes de pied diabétique, une infection du site opératoire, etc. Nous nous concentrons à la fois sur le contrôle du diabète et sur le traitement des problèmes chirurgicaux. Nous mettons également l'accent sur l'éducation des patients pour un meilleur suivi et partageons nos connaissances avec nos collègues afin qu'à l'avenir, nous préservions davantage de membres de l'amputation.

Je suis très reconnaissant à la Fondation Merck et à la Première Dame du Burundi d'avoir amélioré mes compétences pour le bien de ma société.


My name is Dr YAMUREMYE Fulgence. I am a surgery resident at Roi Khaled University hospital in Bujumbura, Burundi

I got an opportunity from Merck Foundation to specialize in the clinical management of diabetes. The training was delivered online for three months accredited by Diabetes UK. At that time, as a junior doctor, working in the countryside, I had difficulties providing care to patients with diabetes.

I was lucky enough, thanks to Merck Foundation, the training equipped me with broad knowledge in diabetes management, and it helps me a lot in my everyday practice. I feel more confident. On surgery wards, we get patients with diabetes complications, such as diabetic foot problems, surgical site infection, etc. We focus on both controlling diabetes and treating surgical problems. We also emphasize on patient education for better follow-up and share knowledge with colleagues so that in the future we save more limbs from amputation.

I am so grateful to Merck Foundation and Burundi First Lady to have improved my skills for the sake of my society.

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Dr. Kwizera Lucie, Burundi

Merck Foundation Alumni
French Diabetes Mastercourse, 2020

Je m'appelle Dr Kwizera Lucie et je viens du Burundi. J'ai suivi le Cours de Master sur le Diabète l'année dernière et cela a eu un impact positif non seulement dans ma carrière professionnelle mais aussi dans ma communauté. L'une des choses qui a changé dans ma carrière, c'est que le cours m'a fait réaliser que la lutte contre le diabète est quelque chose de très possible et qu'il ne faut pas avoir peur d'y faire face. En analysant certains des derniers modules, j'ai compris que l'une des principales causes du diabète dans mon pays est le manque d'informations ainsi que la désinformation à son sujet. Je travaille dans une clinique qui appartient à un chantier de construction à la frontière du Burundi et de Gitega, j'ai plus de 1000 personnes par mois à traiter et comme je leur ai posé des questions sur le diabète, ils ont tous dit qu'éviter le sucre était la solution. Ils pensaient que ce qui est sucré n'est que du sucre et que les sodas, y compris la bière, ne causent pas le diabète parce que la bière est amère. Pour cette raison, j'ai pris l'initiative de les enseigner en petits groupes. J'ai fait en sorte que le chef de mission du chantier apporte plus de tests et la plupart des gens sont venus volontairement se faire tester. Sachez que 3 personnes sur 10 trouvent leur taux de sucre très élevé. Par conséquent, grâce à toutes les informations que j'ai obtenues en étant formé par la Fondation Merck, j'ai réussi à sauver tant de vies. Merci à la Fondation Merck.

My Name is Dr. Kwizera Lucie and I am from Burundi. I took the Diabetes Master course last year and it brought a positive impact not only in my professional career but also in my community. One of the things that changed in my career was that the course made me realize that fighting Diabetes is something that is very possible and that we must not be afraid to face it. As I analyzed some of the last modules I came to understand that one of the leading causes of Diabetes in my country is the lack of information as well as misinformation about it. I work at a Clinic which belongs to a construction site at the border of Burundi and Gitega, I have more than 1000 people per month to treat and as I asked them about Diabetes all of them said that avoiding sugar was the solution. They thought that what is sweet is sugar only and soda anything else, including beer, does not cause Diabetes because beer is bitter. Because of this I took the initiative of teaching them in small groups. I made the chief of mission for the construction site bring more tests and most people voluntarily came to get tested. Let it be known that 3 out of 10 people found their sugar very high. Hence, thanks to all the information I got from being trained by Merck Foundation I managed to save so many lives. Thank you Merck Foundation.

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Dr Claudine Irankunda, Burundi

Merck Foundation Alumni
French Diabetes Mastercourse, 2020

Chaque médecin généraliste a une spécialité spécifique sur laquelle il aspire à concentrer son attention dans sa carrière. Pour ma part, suite aux incidents que j'ai rencontrés depuis le début de ma carrière médicale, j'ai eu l'envie de me spécialiser en diabétologie car le diabète est la maladie chronique la plus répandue dans mon pays (Burundi). En tant que médecin traitant, j'ai pris en charge des cas compliquer au-delà de ma connaissance sur le diabète, ce qui m'a mis au défi de toujours chercher à en savoir beaucoup plus sur le diabète pour mieux servir ma communauté. Ayant une jeune famille et des ressources financières limitées, je n'imaginais pas pouvoir répondre à ce désir de spécialisation en diabétologie. J'avais besoin non seulement d'une école en ligne, mais aussi d'un financement pour la payer.

Avec l'aide de la Fondation Merck, qui m'a donné l'opportunité de participer à la formation sur la prise en charge clinique du diabète, le rêve devient petit à petit une réalité. Après cette formation, je suis en mesure de servir la communauté avec des connaissances suffisantes pour sensibiliser sur la prévention du diabète et la prévention des complications. Je peux différencier les différents types de diabète et leurs traitements appropriés. Cela me permet actuellement de bien servir ma communauté.

Each general practitioner has a specific specialty on which he aspires to focus his attention in his career. For me, following the incidents that I have encountered since the beginning of my medical career, I had the desire to specialize in diabetology because diabetes is the most common chronic disease in my country (Burundi) . As an attending physician, I took on complex cases beyond my knowledge of diabetes, which challenged me to always seek to know much more about diabetes to better serve my community. Having a young family and limited financial resources, I could not imagine being able to meet this desire for specialization in diabetology. I needed not only an online school but also funding to pay for it.

With the help of the Merck Foundation, which gave me the opportunity to take part in the training on clinical management of diabetes, the dream is slowly becoming a reality. After this training, I am able to serve the community with sufficient knowledge to raise awareness about preventing the occurrence of diabetes and preventing complications. I can differentiate between different types of diabetes and their appropriate treatments. This currently allows me to serve my community properly.

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Dr. Gilbert Ciza, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni, 2020

Faire partie du Cours de Master sur le Diabète de la Fondation Merck a été une opportunité formidable et très intéressante pour moi, que ce soit pour moi le clinicien ou pour les patients.

Pour moi en tant que clinicien, j'ai reçu beaucoup de connaissances liées au diabète qui me permettront d'aider beaucoup plus les patients dans les soins de santé.

Pour les patients, ils bénéficieront de soins de santé efficaces grâce aux connaissances que j'ai reçues en apprenant ce cours, ils seront également informés des complications dues au diabète car j'ai reçu les connaissances liées aux complications du diabète, donc je donnerai conseils à mes patients pour les prévenir de ces complications.

Merci

Being part of the Merck Foundation's diabetes mastercourse has been a great and very interesting opportunity  for me whether it is for me the clinician whether it is for the patients.

For me as a clinician, I have received a lot of knowledge related to diabetes which will allow me to help patients much more in health care.

For the patients, they will benefit from the effective health care thanks to the knowledge that I received while learning this course, they will also be informed about the complications due to diabetes because I received the knowledge related to the complications diabetes, so I will give advice to my patients to prevent them from these complications.

Thank you

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Dr. Egide Rwasa, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni, 2020

J'ai découvert ce programme pour la première fois en 2020, j'avais donc bénéficié d'une intégration dans ce programme. Étant dans la vie professionnelle, avoir une telle opportunité de suivre une formation reconnue internationalement est rare dans notre pays. J'ai donc eu le privilège de suivre ce programme que j'ai trouvé intéressant avec un contenu riche en articles, références, mise à jour épidémiologique, et une multitude de cas cliniques. Le site internet est bien ficelé et fluide que ce soit sur ordinateur ou smartphone. La possibilité d'y avoir accès via un smartphone fait une grande différence et rend cette expérience encore plus agréable. Je remercie la Fondation Merck de nous avoir donné cette opportunité. Personnellement, j'ai été témoin d'un triple impact d'abord sur le plan personnel, sur les patients et ensuite sur la communauté. Grâce à cette formation, je prends en charge adéquatement mes patients atteints de cette pathologie tout en assurant un bon suivi de la continuité du traitement (je leur donne rendez-vous pour revenir en consultation après un certain délai, pour ceux qui le souhaitent. Je donnez-leur mon numéro de téléphone). Je suis devenu trop à l'aise pour poser un diagnostic, gérer les complications et sensibiliser la communauté. Avec mes collègues, je partage cette nouvelle connaissance/mise à jour au profit de nos patients, de l'hôpital et de la communauté en général.

I first learned about this program in 2020, so I had benefited from an integration into this program. Being in professional life, having such an opportunity to pursue internationally recognized training is rare in our country. So, I had the privilege of following this program which I found interesting with content rich in articles, references, epidemiological update, and a multitude of clinical cases. The website is well put together and fluid whether on computer or smartphone. The possibility of having access via a smartphone makes a big difference and makes this experience even more pleasant. I thank Merck Foundation for giving us this opportunity. Personally, I have witnessed a triple impact first on the personal level, on the patients and then on the community. Thanks to this training, I take adequate care of my patients with this pathology while ensuring a good follow-up of the continuity of the treatment (I give them appointments to come back for consultation after a certain period, for those who wish it. I give them my phone number). I have become too comfortable making a diagnosis, dealing with complications, and raising awareness in the community. With my co-workers, I share this new knowledge/update for the benefit of our patients, the hospital, and the community at large.

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Dr. Elie Bayubahe, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni, 2020

Le cours de master sur le diabète a eu un impact positif dans ma carrière professionnelle. Depuis quand j'ai commencé le cours, de nouvelles connaissances dans la compréhension, la différence entre les différents types de diabète, la prise en charge des patients, les médicaments, la nutrition et le suivi d'une personne diabétique.

À la Fondation Merck, merci abondamment.

The Diabetes master course has impacted me positively in my professional career. Since when I started the course, New knowledge in understanding, making the difference between different types of diabetes to taking care of patients, drugs, nutrition and follow up a diabetic person.

To Merck Foundation, thank you abundantly.

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Dr. Iraharira Felicite, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

Je tiens à remercier la Fondation Merck pour cette opportunité de suivre un cours de master sur le diabète. Cette formation est exceptionnelle dans la mesure où elle m'a permis d'avoir accès à une formation de qualité sans quitter le pays ni mon travail. J'étudiais à mes heures perdues et j'avais accès à des livres intéressants mais aussi édifiants. Le volume du cours permet d'accumuler plusieurs informations en peu de temps et d'avoir des avis des encadrants qui sont utiles.

Ce programme m'a aidé car maintenant je me sens en confiance pour soigner mes patients diabétiques et les aider efficacement car le gros problème est de pouvoir soigner une maladie sans négliger le mode de vie et les conditions de vie de nos patients. Connaître la physiopathologie et l'implication socio-économique de cette maladie mais aussi connaître les implications et l'impact de nos habitudes alimentaires sur la glycémie permet d'accompagner les patients et leurs familles dans leur traitement.

I would like to thank Merck Foundation for this opportunity to follow diabetes mastercourse. This training is exceptional in that it allowed me to have access to quality training without leaving the country or my job. I was studying in my spare time and had access to interesting but also edifying books. The volume of the course makes it possible to accumulate several information in a short time and to have opinions from the supervisors which are useful.

This program has helped me because now I feel confident in treating my patients with diabetes and helping them effectively because the big problem is to be able to treat a disease without neglecting the life style and living conditions of our patients. Knowing the pathophysiology and socio-economic implication of this disease but also knowing the implications and impact of our eating habits on blood sugar levels helps to support patients and their families in their treatment.

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Dr. Kezamutima Aurore Nelly, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

Faire partie du « Cours de Master sur le Diabètes » de la Fondation Merck par les Sociétés du Diabètes, Royaume Uni a été une bonne opportunité pour moi d'acquérir de nouvelles connaissances ; renforcements et expérience de la prise en charge du diabète et surtout des nouvelles molécules ainsi que des soins de première ligne, j'ai eu la chance d'interagir avec d'autres professionnels ayant une expérience dans le diabète. Bref, une formation très enrichissante.

Be part of Merck Foundation's "Diabetes mastercourse" ax riders by Diabetes UK was a good opportunity for me to acquire new knowledge; reinforcements and experience diabetes management and especially new molecules as well as first-line care, I had the chance to interact with other professionals with experience in diabetes. Basically, a very rewarding training.

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Dr Niyondiko Noël, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

Ce fut un grand privilège de faire partie du Cours de Master sur le Diabète offert par la Fondation Merck. La structure du cours est suffisamment solide pour aider les apprenants à rattraper les aspects clés de ce qu'est le diabète et comment le combattre efficacement. Grâce à des soins de qualité, mes patients diabétiques sont bénis par les connaissances que j'ai acquises grâce au cours.

Merci à la Fondation Merck pour cette belle opportunité.

It was a great privilege to be part of the Diabetes Mastercourse offered by Merck Foundation. The structure of the course is strong enough to help learners catch up the key aspects of what diabetes is and how to effectively fight it. Through quality care, my diabetic patients are blessed by the knowledge I got from the course.

Thank you Merck Foundation for this great opportunity.

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Dr Richard Kwizera, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

J'ai été honoré de suivre ce cours spécial de Master. Cela a été l'occasion pour moi d'améliorer mon niveau de connaissance sur le diabète.

J'ai appris à différencier les types de diabète, à le diagnostiquer et à le traiter.

J'ai amélioré mes protocoles de prise ne charge du diabète

Les complications du diabète ne sont plus une question de traitement pour moi. J'ai appris profondément à considérer l'état socio-économique de mes patients. Les connaissances que j'ai acquises m'aideront à mieux prendre soin de mes patients que d'habitude. Merci pour votre programme. Seigneur vous bénisse.

I've been honored to follow this special Master course. It has been an opportunity for me to improve my level of Diabetes’ knowledge.

I learnt to differentiate types of diabetes, to diagnose it and to treat it. 

I improved my diabetes managment protocols

Diabetes complications are not now a matter in treatment for me. I learned deeply to consider social economic state of my patients . The knowledge I got will help me to take care of my patients better than usual. Thank you for your program. Lord Bless you

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Dr. Onesphore Twagiramungu, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

Tout d'abord, je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude à la Fondation Merck et Ministre de Santé du Burundi pour nous avoir choisis et surtout pour le résultat que j’ai tant attendu et bénéfique pour mes patients. C'est un plaisir de faire partie des étudiants de la Fondation Merck lors du « Cours de Master sur le Diabète » mais aussi, c'est une grande responsabilité. Après avoir terminé ce cours, ma pratique médicale a changé et j'ai compris de plus en plus le diabète, et surtout sa prise en charge. La richesse des documents consultés par les « supports de cours » a fait de moi la personne que je suis aujourd'hui dans la compréhension et la prise en charge du diabète. Là où je travaille, il n'y a aucun spécialiste en diabétologie dans la capitale car notre pays compte peu de médecins. La communauté bénéficie déjà des connaissances acquises par les médecins formés par la Fondation Merck. Merci beaucoup à ce dernier. Nous avons encore besoin de la formation d'autres médecins pour servir la communauté burundaise.

Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Merck Foundation amd Burundi Ministery of health for having chosen us and above all for the result so long awaited by me and beneficial for my patients. It is a pleasure to be part of the Merck Foundation students during "Diabetes Mastercourse" but also, it is a big responsibility. After completing this course, my medical practice changed and I understood more and more diabetes, and especially its management. The wealth of documents the "course materials" consulted made me the person I am today in understanding and managing diabetes. Where I work, there is no specialist in Diabetology anywhere in the capital because our country has few physicians The community already benefits from the knowledge acquired by the Doctors trained by Merck Foundation. Thank you very much to the latter. We still need the training of other Doctors to serve the Burundian community.

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Dr BOAZ Niyinyumva, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

Les « vrais » chiffres ne mentent pas :

La Fondation Merck à travers le Cours de Master sur le Diabète a déclenché l'approche communautaire en moi. Le chapitre le plus important pour moi au cours de cette formation a été l'impact mondial et l'épidémiologie du diabète. Le nombre de personnes atteintes de diabète sans le savoir était trop élevé pour que je reste le même sans agir. En tant que prestataires de la santé, il était révoltant d'entendre qu'environ 60 % des personnes atteintes de diabète en Afrique ne savent même pas qu'elles en sont atteintes. Ces chiffres étaient trop élevés pour moi. J'ai réalisé que je devais participer d'une manière ou d'une autre. J'ai choisi de commencer à éduquer les prestataires de la santé afin que nous puissions constituer une armée de personnes qui comprennent le fardeau de la maladie et son impact sur la communauté. J'ai également choisi d'enseigner aux membres de ma communauté et je commencerai bientôt à faire du dépistage chaque fois que je serai dans la communauté. Ceux qui sont déjà diabétiques bénéficient d'une prise en charge individualisée malgré des ressources limitées.

“True” numbers don’t lie:

Mark Foundation through the Diabetes Master course has triggered the community approach in me. The most important chapter for me during this training was the global impact and epidemiology of diabetes. The number of people living with diabetes without knowing was too high for me to remain the same without acting. As a Healthcare worker, it was revolting to hear that about 60% of people with diabetes in Africa do not even know that they have it. Those numbers were too high for me. I realized that I must participate in one way or another. I chose to start educating healthcare workers so that we can build an army of people who understand the burdens of the disease and its impact on the community. I also chose to teach my community members and soon will start doing screening whenever I am in the community. Those who are already diabetic, get individualized care despite limited resources.

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Dr Gakiza Rodrine, Burundi

French Diabetes Mastercourse
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2020

La Fondation Merck à travers le Cours de Master sur le Diabète a déclenché l'approche communautaire en moi. Le chapitre le plus important pour moi au cours de cette formation a été l'impact mondial et l'épidémiologie du diabète. Le nombre de personnes atteintes de diabète sans le savoir était trop élevé pour que je reste le même sans agir. En tant que prestataires de la santé, il était révoltant d'entendre qu'environ 60 % des personnes atteintes de diabète en Afrique ne savent même pas qu'elles en sont atteintes. Ces chiffres étaient trop élevés pour moi. J'ai réalisé que je devais participer d'une manière ou d'une autre. J'ai choisi de commencer à éduquer les prestataires de la santé afin que nous puissions constituer une armée de personnes qui comprennent le fardeau de la maladie et son impact sur la communauté. J'ai également choisi d'enseigner aux membres de ma communauté et je commencerai bientôt à faire du dépistage chaque fois que je serai dans la communauté. Ceux qui sont déjà diabétiques bénéficient d'une prise en charge individualisée malgré des ressources limitées.

While working in the interior of the country, where there are only general practitioners and when most patients do not have the means to go to another city for specialist care if there is a need, documenting more and looking for training to deepen your knowledge becomes a necessity. It is in this context that taking the course on "diabetes management" provided by Merck Foundation was very rewarding and exceeded my expectations since there are concepts that I did not fully understand and that I then shared the knowledge acquired with my colleagues in the context of continuing to take good care of our patients despite the lack of specialist doctors, particularly diabetes with pregnancy.

 

 

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Dr. Gilbert Nibitanga, Burundi

Merck Foundation Fertility Training Program
Merck Foundation Alumni | 2019

La plupart des couples infertiles n'ont pas assez de moyens financiers, manque d'équipement de base adapté au diagnostic et à une meilleure prise en charge des couples infertiles : (Manque d'hystéroscopie dans tous les hôpitaux du Burundi pour explorer la cavité utérine). Maintenant, avec l'aide du programme de formation spécialisé en fertilité de la Fondation Merck, nous avons appris - Maîtrise des étapes à suivre pour faire de bons conseils et diagnostics de fertilité, bonne maîtrise des protocoles utilisés pour l'induction de l'ovulation, bonne maîtrise des techniques utilisées pour effectuer l'insémination intra-utérin.

Pour le moment, les couples infertiles avec des indications d'insémination intra-utérine n'ont plus besoin de se rendre à l'étranger pour se faire soigner. Ces couples peuvent être soignés au Centre Médical de Vyaruheke au Burundi.

Merci à la Fondation Merck

 

Most infertile couples do not have enough financial means, lack of basic equipment suitable for diagnosis and better management of infertile couples: (Lack of Hysteroscopy in all hospitals in Burundi to explore the uterine cavity). Now with the help of Merck Foundation Fertility  speciality Training Program we learned - Mastery of the steps to follow to make good fertility counseling and diagnosis, good command of the protocols used for the induction of ovulation, good mastery of the techniques used to perform Intra Uterine Insemination.

For the moment, infertile couples with indications for intrauterine insemination no longer need to go abroad to seek treatment. These couples can be treated at the Vyaruheke Medical Center in Burundi.

Thanks to Merck Foundation