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Merck Foundation, African First Ladies Organisation sign MoU, to build cancer and fertility care capacity

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

Foundation, a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of KGaA Germany, signs Memorandum of understanding - MoU with the African with the aim to achieve the objectives of raising awareness, building professional capacity and improving in the field of and fertility care in

foundation has conducted many educational and fellowship programs in since 2012 in the field of through Merck Access Program, Merck capacity Advancement Program, Merck STEM Program and Merck more than a Mother campaign.

"We are delighted to partner with the African First Ladies Organization, to build and improve in the field of and fertility care, dedicate majority of their efforts to build in and developing countries and with this partnership, we will be able to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can lead a healthy and fulfilling life," said Dr. RashaKelej,

The MOU aims to raise awareness optimally about the prevention, management and de-stigmatization of and cancer in women. It will also aim to build profession capacity and improve access to fertility and in cooperation with the African First Ladies in their countries.

In 2017 alone, MF initiated the following activities in partnership with academia, ministries of health and the offices of First Ladies in more than 35 countries:

Merck Cancer Access Program

Over 30 African physicians received Oncology Fellowship programs spanning one to two years, with the aim to help increase the limited number of oncologists in Africa.

Merck more than a Mother

More than 40 candidates received three-month clinical training to be embryologists and fertility specialists in Africa and to improve quality, regulated and safe fertility care in developing countries.

Merck and Awards

Over 50 medical postgraduates will receive a one-year in or preventive cardiovascular medicines, as part of the effort to establish a platform of and experts in Africa and

The upholds its commitment to building capacity and improving access to quality and with special focus on cancer and fertility care in Africa.

So far, doctors from Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Botswana, Liberia, Rwanda, Kenya, Chad, Niger, Guinea, Gambia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and have benefitted from Merck Foundation programs.

Merck Foundation aims to expand to more African and Asian countries in the near future.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:50 IST