Merck Foundation Fertility and Embryology Training Program


Through Merck Foundation More Than a Mother initiative, Merck Foundation has collaborated with Asian Fertility experts to establish a platform of Fertility and Embryology specialist in Africa and Asia.

Merck Foundation Fertility & Embryology Training Program” was launched in 2016 as part of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother. Under this program, Merck Foundation has been providing hands-on practical training to candidates from Africa and Asia, in partnership with the Indonesian Reproductive Science Institute (IRSI), Indonesia; International Institute for Training and Research in Reproductive Health (IIRRH), India; Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India and Indira IVF Hospitals, India.

Through this program,
Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had Fertility specialists or specialized Fertility clinics before ‘Merck Foundation [[More Than a Mother’ intervention, by training the first Fertility specialists and Embryologists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, Guinea, Burundi and Malawi. Merck Foundation supported the training of the staff of the first public IVF centers in Ethiopia, Myanmar and Rwanda. 

So far, Merck Foundation has provided for more than
180+ candidates, clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists and Doctors enrolled in one-year Diploma and two-year Master Degree of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and two-year Master Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction and Embryology from more than 37 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, CAR, Cote D'IVOIRE, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malaysia, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, The Gambia, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

There is an increasing need for knowledge in the treatment and management of fertility issues at primary care level with increasing in the demand for fertility services and IVF treatment in the hands of the specialist with time. Hence Merck Foundation has introduced 1 Year Online Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual & Reproductive Medicine to advance the knowledge of healthcare professionals in sexual and reproductive medicine that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations at primary care level. 155+ enrolled in one-year Diploma and two-year Masters of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and two-year Master Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction and Embryology.


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Watch the below the videos of Merck Foundation Alumni, as share their experience of getting trained through us in India and Indonesia:

Meet Merck Foundation Future Embryologist of Africa from IIRH Banglore.
Merck Foundation & Manipal Academy of Higher Education signs MoU to Train Embryologists
Merck Foundation Alumni, Dr David Mwesigye, Trained Fertility Specialist from Rwanda
Merck Foundation Alumni, Dr Feiruz Surur, trained Fertility Specialist from Ethiopia
Merck Foundation Making History in Rwanda by supporting first IVF center.
Merck Foundation Future Embryologist of Ghana, Mali, Senegal Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo Myanmar
Merck Foundation Future Fertility Specialist from Namibia, Rwanda, The Gambia, Zambia, Guinea
Merck Foundation Alumni - Local Fertility Specialists , Namibia
Merck Foundation develops The First Fertility Specialists in Guinea & Niger.
Dr. Thomas Mekuria CEO St. Paul's Millenium Medical College - First Public IVF Center, Ethiopia
Merck Foundation-Embryology Training in India to Improve Fertility Care in Asia
Testimonials of Merck Foundation Future Embryologist of Africa