Germany-Based Pharmaceutical Firm, Merck Moves to Boost Central African Republic’s Healthcare Sector

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The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany, the world’s oldest pharmaceutical company, has underscored their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the Central African Republic (CAR).

During a high-level meeting with the country’s Head of State, Faustin-Archange Touadera, the Foundation acknowledged the First Lady of Central African Republic for her efforts as its Ambassador in the Central African Republic.

The Merck Foundation also underscored their partnership with the First Lady, who was Ambassador for its “Merck more than a Mother” campaign, and the country’s Ministry of Health.

The discussion, led by Professor Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation served to explain and discuss a number of programs that were launched on the same day.

“Central African Republic needs the programs of Merck Foundation urgently. These training programs for specialized doctors are very critical for our people and their social and economic well-being. I wholeheartedly support Merck Foundation in our country, to enable the success of all their programs,” the country’s President commented.

Merck, which is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company employs an estimated 53,000 employees and in 2017, Merck generated sales of €15.3 billion in 66 countries.

“Through Merck Foundation, we commit to the long-term partnership with Ministry of Health and The First Lady foundation to build healthcare capacity in the country,” Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp explained.

“This partnership will help us train specialized doctors in the fields of Diabetes, Hypertension, Oncology and Infertility care. This will help to contribute significantly towards social and economic development in Central African Republic. We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through changing the landscape of healthcare in the continent with special focus on French speaking countries in the next few years”, added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Merck Foundation together with First Lady Touadera have conducted a special meeting with more than 100 infertile women who have been enrolled in what is known as the ‘Empowering Berna’ project to establish small businesses and train them to be able to generate steady monthly income.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, President of Merck more than a Mother has pledged to support more childless women through Merck more than a Mother campaign. In partnership with the First Lady and Ministry of health, the Merck Foundation will provide clinical training on fertility specialty to improve access to quality and equitable fertility care in the country.

Merck foundation have also approved a list of candidates to be enrolled in their one and two year oncology fellowship program as a contribution to improve cancer care in the country.

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