Merck Foundation marks ‘World Diabetes Day 2020’

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Diabetes Day 2020’ by continuing its strategy to provide specialty training for African, Asian and Latin American doctors to better manage diabetes, hypertension and endocrinology patients.

Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kelej, said, “At Merck Foundation, we mark ‘World Diabetes Day’ every day by providing one-year diploma and two-year master’s degree in diabetes, endocrinology and cardiovascular preventive medicines to doctors as part of ‘Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Programme’ in partnership with African first ladies, ministries of health and medical societies. I am very proud to announce that around 500 doctors from 39 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, have been enrolled to these courses.

“Our aim is to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes, hypertension and endocrinology care across the three continents. We will expand to more countries in the coming year.”

Meanwhile, the foundation has already enrolled 491 candidates for the courses from 39 African and Asian countries including Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinee Conakry, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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