Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies continue their strategy to provide specialty training for African doctors to better manage Diabetes and Hypertension patients who are Coronavirus risk groups.


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Dr. Rasha Kelej acknowledges some of Merck Foundation Alumni, future Diabetes and Hypertension experts in Africa and Asia

  • La Fondation Merck a également commencé le renforcement des capacités de soins de santé contre le Coronavirus en fournissant un diplôme en ligne d'un an et un master de deux ans en Médecine Respiratoire et Médecine aiguë pour les médecins africains.  

Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies and ministries of health continues their strategy to provide one-year diploma and two year master degree in both Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes for medical postgraduates from more than 35 African and Asian countries.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans emphasized, “Amidst the pandemic that has rocked the world, we must not forget people living with other health conditions such as Diabetes and Hypertension because they are the Coronavirus risk groups therefore Merck Foundation continues to build Hypertension and Diabetes care training to doctors, in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health and Academia. Moreover, we also provide training to doctors from Asian countries. “

Merck Foundation has so far enrolled and trained over 183 Medical postgraduates from over 35 countries. As a part of their efforts to build hypertension and diabetes care capacity, Merck Foundation enroll medical postgraduates for One Year Online Diploma and two year online master degree in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes from reputable university in UK. Additionally, they also enroll doctors for a three-month Diabetes Master course from English, French and Portuguese speaking African countries to advance their clinical knowledge in tackling these non-communicable conditions.

Merck foundation started capacity building of Coronavirus healthcare through providing online one year diplomas and two year master degree in both Respiratory Medicine and Acute Medicine from Uk University for African doctors.

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Merck Diabetes Blue Point Project Program Alumni- Dr Sofia Nepembe - Namibia

Dr. Sofia Jarombwereni Natshikare Nepembe, Merck Foundation alumnus from Namibia says, “I feel fortunate to be a part of this program and receive the Postgraduate one-year Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine as part of Merck Foundation capacity advancement program. The course has enabled me to learn the advanced scientific developments for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The course has helped me to serve my patients better. Merck Foundation is doing a great job by providing postgraduate degrees for doctors like me who are eager to specialize to better serve their communities.”

Merck Foundation Diabetes Master Course Alumni Mrs. Hileni Samuel | Namibia

“We are committed to enroll more doctors for these courses to be able to build a platform of hypertension and diabetes experts in underserved communities. These online courses is a the right strategy to scale up our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare solutions widely and effectively especially during Coronavirus lockdown.” explained  Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation Diabetes Master Course Alumni Dr. Peva F. Gbagornah from Liberia

The program stayed in 35 countries such as ; list of countries: Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mauritius, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, UAE and Mozambique


Merck Foundation Alumni -  Dr. Sam Mucheru | Kenya

Merck Foundation Alumni - Dr.Joel Allotey | Ghana

Merck Foundation Alumni - Dr. Israel Hagbevor | Ghana

Merck Foundation Alumni - Dr. Gloria Asamoah | Ghana

Merck Foundation Alumni - Dr. Florence Akumiah | Ghana

Dr. Rasha Kelej acknowledge some of Merck Foundation Alumni, future Diabetes and Hypertension experts in Africa and Asia


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