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Merck Foundation, National Cancer Institute of Egypt partner to provide master degree in medical oncology for African doctors

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Germany partners with Egypt's Institute to provide Master Degree in Medical Oncology for African doctors.

This initiative is a part of Foundation's 'Merck Access Program' that has been initiated by the to increase the limited number of oncologists across

Dr. Rasha Kelej, of emphasized, "We are pleased to announce our partnership with the National Institute, Egypt, which is considered as the benchmark of in and We are committed to improve patient's access to care.

We currently have 5 students from Ghana, Namibia, and Rwanda, registered with the Master Degree program in Medical Oncology under Merck Cancer Access Program. We plan to expand this program to more African countries like, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, and We believe that our partnership in will go a long way and together we can play a vital role in "

"I strongly believe that building capacity by having trained Oncologists in each African countries is pivotal, since lack of professional skills is the key challenge in Africa and developing countries," Dr. added.

Prof. Abdel-Rahman Zekri, Vice of said, "We are pleased to announce our partnership with to support in building capacity in rest of African countries. The collaboration in the field of academics will effectively enhance the capabilities to prevent, detect and treat the rising cases of cancer in these countries."

Prof. Dr. Hatem Ahmed Aboulkassem, of emphasized, "The scarcity of capable of tackling prevention, early diagnosis and management of cancer is a bigger challenge, and therefore, this partnership will prove to be very beneficial for many African countries."

Merck Foundation has 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 43 African physicians received Oncology Fellowship programs spanning one to two years, in a bid to help increase the limited number of oncologists in Africa.

• Merck More Than A Mother:

More than 84 candidates received three-month hands-on training to be embryologists and fertility specialists from 29 countries to improve quality, regulated and safe fertility care in developing countries.

• Merck and Awards:

Over 56 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

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:35 IST