Very happy to meet the new Minister of Health of Kenya (Cabinet Secretary) Hon. Sicily Kariuki and Deputy Minister of Health of Kenya, Dr. Rasheed Ameen to enforce our long lasting partnership and commitment towards building healthcare professional capacity, which started in 2013, now under her new leadership. Our long time and strong partner, Minister of State of Health of Uganda, Hon. Sarah Opendi joined the meeting to share their experience with Merck Foundation programs such as; our Cancer Access Program and the two year fellowship program that Merck Foundation is holding in India, Egypt and at University of Nairobi. We also discussed the one year Diabetes diploma from UK university we are planning to provide for 20 doctors from Kenya public sector with the aim to improve access to quality diabetes care through building a platform of Diabetes experts nationwide. Together for a better future, very happy and excited to see the impact soon.” ~ Dr. Rasha Kelej CEO Merck Foundation.
Merck Foundation, University of Nairobi '2yrs Oncology Fellowship Program.'
Merck Foundation - Africa Oncology Fellowship Program; at University of Nairobi, Kenya
Watch the testimony of University of Nairobi, Kenya-students on the benefits of Merck Capacity Advancement program
Merck Foundation - Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards -Kenya
About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign;
In many cultures, childless women suffer discrimination, stigma, and ostracism. Their inability to have children results in great isolation, disinheritance, and assaults. “Merck More Than a Mother” empowers such women through the access to information, health, change of mindsets and economic empowerment.
As part of this Campaign, we started “Empowering Berna” project in Africa to help childless and infertile women starting their own business and thus achieve financial independence and become stronger and happier. The project has benefited more than 1,000 women across the continent.
Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and Asia.
Merck Foundation provided for more than 64 candidates, three months to six months clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists in more than 29 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire , Ghana, Ethiopia , Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Zambia , Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Cameron, Rwanda, Botswana, DR Congo , Congo Brazzaville, Gambia , Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, and Guinea.
Merck Foundation plan supported the establishment of the first public IVF centers in Ethiopia and Uganda through providing the clinical and practical training necessary for their staff. Merck Foundation also plans to support the establishment of the first public IVF in Tanzania soon.
“Merck more than a Mother” launched in 2015, is a program of the Merck Foundation, the foundation drives many of our initiatives and programs in the area of build health care and research capacity and improves access to equitable healthcare solutions.
Watch what happened to Jackline Mwende,victim of infertility stigma, after meeting Merck Foundation
Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation & President, Merck More Than A Mother Visits Jackline Mwende
Merck Foundation -Merck More Than A Mother - The Story of Empowering Grace Kambini
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