Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary

Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary is a yearly educational conference of Merck Foundation, it is conducted to contribute to the social and economic development of Africa and Asia. It is attended by more than 1000 Healthcare providers, policy makers, Academia, Researchers and health media from Sub- Saharan Africa, more than 60 English, French and Portuguese speaking countries annually, to benefit from valuable educational and social development sessions by top International experts in Diabetes, Fertility, Endocrinology, Oncology, Women Health, Cardiology, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Health Media training with the aim to raise health awareness and improve disease management, early detection and prevention, build healthcare capacity and improve access to quality and equitable healthcare solution. It is an Annual platform during which Merck Foundation conducts all their programs in parallel sessions.

8 editions conducted; the six editions were in six countries Germany, Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Senegal and Ghana, the seventh was conducted online, and the eighth edition was conducted online in partnership with the Government of Zambia More than 6,000 Healthcare providers, policy makers, Academia, Researchers benefitted from 60 countries.

The educational sessions is under the umbrella of our different programs such as:

  • Merck Foundation More than a Mother program
  • Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program
  • Merck Foundation Capacity Advancement Program
  • Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Program
  • Merck Foundation Covid 19 Response Program

Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary Objectives:

  • Contribute to Social and Economic Development in Developing Countries
  • Advance Healthcare Capacities and Capabilities.
  • Improve Access to High Quality and Innovative Healthcare Solutions.
  • Providing scientific programs, particularly designed to serve the unmet healthcare needs of Developing Countries with special focus on disease prevention and early detection and nutrition awareness.
  • Engaging healthcare Providers and Academia in an open dialogue to explore the educational gaps with the aim to inform the successful implementation of Merck Foundation Programs.
  • Meeting of Merck Foundation Alumni, the future experts of Africa and Asia, to exchange experience and discuss challenges and solutions of their training programs.
  • Address the stigma and social perception of infertility and define intervention to improve access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care and break the stigma around infertile women in Africa.
  • Assist in developing and implementing comprehensive cancer control and prevention programs and oncology Fellowship program that will improve access to cancer care in Africa.
  • Networking opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience across Africa, Asia and beyond.

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8th Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary - VC Summit 2021

Merck Foundation CEO Rasha Kelej Speech, MF Health Media Training at their 8th Africa Asia Luminary

6th Merck Africa Asia Luminary at Accra, Ghana.

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp speech at Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2021 - VC Summit

Merck More Than a Mother Fashion, Media & Film awards ceremony of Ghana.

Merck Foundation Annual 'Merck Africa Asia Luminary' conference 2018


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