Merck Foundation to Conduct 5th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Senegal as Group Moves to Boost Africa’s Pharmaceutical Sector

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The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, a leading science and technology company, will conduct the 5th Edition of an event titled the ‘Merck Africa Asia Luminary’ in Dakar, Senegal.

As the group moves to boost Africa’s healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, the Foundation will celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Merck and the 1st anniversary of Merck foundation during their Luminary.

The Merck Africa Asia Luminary will be conducted on the 30th and the 31st of October, 2018 under the patronage of The President of Senegal, Macky Sall, the First Lady of Senegal, Marieme Faye Sall, and in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Senegal. The event will feature 14 African First Ladies, 20 Ministers of Health and More than 500 African healthcare providers from Africa and Asia to benefit from several educational and social development sessions.

“Merck Foundation is very proud to welcome our guests of honor and keynote speakers, The First Ladies of 14 African Countries; First Lady of Benin, First Lady of Botswana, First Lady of Burkina Faso, First Lady of Burundi, First Lady of Central African Republic, First Lady of Chad, First Lady of Gambia, First Lady of Ghana, First Lady of Guinea-Bissau, First lady of Lesotho, First Lady of Niger, H.E. First lady of Sierra Leone and First Lady of Zambia,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation.

“Together we will work on strong strategy to build healthcare capacity and provide the necessary training to establish a strong platform of experts in Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Fertility care in their countries in collaboration with their offices and ministries of health,” Dr. Kelej added.

“During the conference, Merck Foundation will also celebrate two important occasions; the 350th Anniversary of Merck, the World’s Oldest Pharmaceutical & Chemical Company established in 1668 and the 1st Anniversary of Merck Foundation” Dr. Kelej continued.

Two high level Ministerial panels will also take place, including the first high level Ministerial panel on ‘Building Fertility care capacity and breaking the Infertility Stigma in Africa and Asia’; and the second-high level Ministerial panel on ‘The role of Merck Foundation together with Governments to improve access to equitable healthcare solutions in Africa.’

Countries participating in the affair include: Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Canada, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Côte D’ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea –Bissau, Guinea Conakry, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherland, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, the UAE,  the UK, the USA, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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