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World Heart Day – Merck Foundation partners with African first ladies

Bukola Afeni
Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Heart Day 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies, and academia, through their long-term commitment towards building Cardiovascular preventive care capacity in Africa, Asia and beyond.
The  CEO of Merck Foundation Senator, Dr. Rasha kelej emphasized that at Merck Foundation,  the organization is marking the World Heart Day by providing scholarships of one year Post Graduate Diploma, and two year Masters degree in preventive cardiovascular Medicine for 100 doctors from more than 25 African and Asian.
According to her the provision of training for Doctors is one of the highlights of her career and her life.
 She said “No one on earth can imagine how proud I am that we have so far provided speciality training to more than 1200 doctors in very critical and undeserved specialties, not only cardiovascular but also Oncology, Diabetes Reproductive care, Respiratory, Intensive care and more.”
According to Senator Rash keleji, Merck Foundation has provided scholarships for cardiovascular care specialty training to about 100 doctors from the following 25  countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon and more.
Dr. Israel Hagbevor, Merck Foundation alumnus from Ghana  said” I always wanted to excel in my field and help patients suffering from heart diseases and other related issues”.
He commended  Merck Foundation for making his  dream a reality.
“I  successful completed the two year Masters degree course in preventative cardiovascular Medicine. The skill I gained from this program are tremendous, and have helped me to gain confidence to treat cardiovascular patients.”
 He applauded  Merck Foundation for supporting doctors like him who are eager to learn and serve their communities.

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