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Merck, Tata to collaborate on cancer care in Africa

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

Foundation, the philanthropic arm of KGaA Germany, and the Centre, a centre in India, today announced the signing of an MOU to provide fellowship programs to African candidates.

This initiative is a part of Foundation's 'Merck Access Program' to increase the number of oncologists across

Dr. Rasha Kelej, of said, "We are delighted to formalize today our collaboration with the centre under the umbrella of newly launched We have started our collaboration in 2016, during these two years; we have provided more than 30 African doctors with one-year oncology fellowship at Centre. We believe that our partnership with has a long way to go and together we can play a vital role in and "

"I strongly believe that building capacity is the right strategy to improve care since lack of professional skills is the key challenge in and developing countries." Dr. added.

K.S Sharma, (Academics), Tata Memorial Centre, said, "We are pleased to announce our partnership with to supporting Merck Foundation in building capacity in Asian and 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."

"We are planning to expand the centres in more states like Punjab, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and TMC will be able to train more doctors, nurses, and technicians from Low and middle-income countries," he added.

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

• Merck Cancer Access Program: Over 30 African physicians received oncology fellowship programmes 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 50 candidates received three-month hands-on 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

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First Published: Sat, April 21 2018. 18:18 IST