Merck Foundation announces their “Merck Diabetes Award” 2017 Winners to Mark “World Diabetes Day“ #MerckWDD2017


Merck Foundation marks today the “World Diabetes Day” themed ‘Diabetes & Women- Our right to a healthy future’ with the announcement of the winners of 2017“Merck Diabetes Award” “Every Day is a Diabetes Day”.

Meet Merck Diabetes Award Winners; The Future Diabetes experts in Africa

The award was launched in April 2016 in partnership with African and Asian universities with the aim of building a platform of diabetes experts across the globe.

After the official launch of the Merck Foundation in Cairo, Egypt on 24th October 2017, Merck Foundation has embarked on a strong campaign to raise awareness on key health problems by taking part in the World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2017.
As part of the awareness initiatives, Merck Foundation has announced the Merck diabetes Award 2017 winners to mark the WDD2017,”.
Winners of the “Merck Diabetes Award- Every Day is a Diabetes Day”” were announced during the Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Cairo, Egypt. The winners are drawn from African and Asian universities.
The award is covering more than 30 African and Asian universities with the aim of building a platform of diabetes experts across the globe.
The award attracted over 500 concept submission applications from universities in Africa and Asia. The winner from each university has been provided with an opportunity to study for a one year postgraduate Diabetes Diploma in South Wales University, United Kingdom.

Merck Foundation invited medical students to apply for the “Merck Diabetes Award” 2017 with the theme “Every Day is a Diabetes Day””. Students across African and Asian medical universities were asked to submit a concept paper on how to improve diabetes early detection and prevention in their countries and how to encourage their society, scientific community, local authorities, media and relevant stakeholders to think and act on diabetes every day.
“Merck Diabetes Award” marks another milestone of our commitment to working with governments, academia and relevant stakeholders in building healthcare capacity with a focus on non-communicable diseases in Developing countries,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

Meet the winners of Merck Diabetes Awards and the Future Diabetes Experts:  

Elisha Kipkemoi Ngetich
College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Ralph Obure
College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Antara Bagchi
Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur, India

Samuel Mucheru
Aga Khan University, Kenya

Tinka George
Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Gloria Ani-asamoah
Accra, Ghana

Nujood Al Shirawi
Intern, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Najmah Kuddah
General Practitioner, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Dominic Oduro-Donkor
Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Ken Munene Nkonge
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Winners of Merck Diabetes Award 2017:

Misago Nadine
University of Burundi, Burundi

Goufon Kuete Herve
University of Buea, Cameroon

Hansa Teeluckdharry
Bhavnagar University, Mauritius

Dellaneira Setjiadi
Padjadjaran University, Indonesia

Hassane Adamou Nasser
Alexandria University, Niger

Ashleigh Sent
University of Pretoria, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Meng San Chea
University of Health and Sciences, Cambodia


Peva F. Gbagornah
A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia, Liberia

Fu Mei Sian
University Malaya, Malaysia

Samuel Mucheru
Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi, Kenya

Ralph Ombati Obure
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Watch testimonies of students from Africa and India on the importance of Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards

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