The Merck Foundation and the First Ladies of Africa celebrate “World Heart Day 2021” by training future experts in cardiovascular prevention in Africa



The Merck Foundation and the First Ladies of Africa celebrate “World Heart Day 2021” by training future experts in cardiovascular prevention in Africa

The skills I have learned from this program are great and have helped me gain confidence in treating cardiovascular patients.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Merck Foundation (, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, celebrates World Heart Day 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, medical societies and universities, at through their long-term commitment to developing cardiovascular capacity for preventive care in Africa, Asia and beyond.

Senator Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, stressed: “At Merck Foundation, we celebrate ‘World Heart Day’ in a very unique way. How? ‘Or’ What? By offering one-year graduate scholarships and a two-year Masters in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine to 100 physicians from 25 countries in Africa and Asia. No one on earth can imagine how proud I am that we have so far provided specialized training to over 1,200 physicians in very critical and underserved specialties, not only cardiovascular but also oncology, diabetes, healthcare. reproduction, respiratory, intensive care, urology, Gastroenterology, orthopedics, pediatric and neonatal emergency care, psychiatry, pain management, surgery and more. It is the culmination of my career and my life ”.

So far, the Merck Foundation has provided specialized training scholarships in cardiovascular care to approximately 100 physicians from the following 25 countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia Nepal, Niger, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dr Israel Hagbevor, Merck Foundation Ghana alumnus, says: “I have always wanted to excel in my field and help patients with heart disease and other related issues. I want to thank the Merck Foundation for making this dream come true. I have successfully completed the 2 year Masters course in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, the skills I have learned through this program are great and have helped me gain confidence in treating cardiovascular patients. I applaud the Merck Foundation for supporting physicians like me who are eager to learn and serve their communities ”.

The Merck Foundation continues to build healthcare capacity in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the aim of providing access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions. Over 1,200 physicians from 42 countries have benefited from Merck Foundation scholarships in various critical and underserved areas such as oncology, diabetes, preventive cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, sexual and reproductive medicine, acute medicine, respiratory medicine, embryology and fertility, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, psychiatry, emergency and resuscitation medicine, intensive care, pediatric emergency medicine, neonatal medicine, advanced surgical practice, management of pain, urology, general surgery, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, internal medicine, trauma and orthopedics, neuroimaging for research Biotechnology in ART and more.

Senator Dr Rasha Kelej stressed: “During the coronavirus pandemic, it has been more important than ever to build healthcare capacity and train specialist doctors. In some of these countries, they never had even a single oncologist, for example. They may only have one general practitioner. We have simply made history in these countries such as Gambia, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Namibia, Chad, Niger, Guinea and Liberia, not only in various specialties like oncology , hypertension, diabetes, fertility, respiratory, pediatric, orthopedic, psychiatric. , Intensive care and many others.

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