Senegal Leads Initiative to Explore Partnership Opportunities with Asia in Developing Africa’s Pharmaceutical Industry

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Senegal’s government has taken the lead in an ongoing initiative to explore partnerships with Asia aimed at developing Africa’s pharmaceutical sector.

This comes as the 5th Edition of an event titled the ‘Merck Africa Asia Luminary’ was conducted under the patronage of the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.

At the same time, the Merck foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany also celebrated the 350th Anniversary of Merck Merck – a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials – and the 1st anniversary of Merck Foundation during their Luminary. The event was graced by 9 African First Ladies from Botswana, Burundi, the Central Africa Republic, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Zambia, 12 Ministers of Health, and more than 500 healthcare providers from Africa and Asia, who benefited from several medical education sessions.

“I am very glad to be hosting this important conference in Senegal, as it will help explore many partnership opportunities and introduce new frameworks for health capacity building in collaboration with our Ministry of Health and Merck Foundation and other ministries of health and healthcare societies & institutions across the world. I personally urge African Governments to prioritize investing on healthcare capacity building,” President Sall said in a speech at the event this week.

“Merck is a value driven company and that is one of the reasons why Merck through its foundation is committed to support the social and economic development of Africa, Asia and developing countries by building healthcare capacity and improving access to innovative and equitable healthcare in the continent,” commented Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG.

Merck Foundation CEO, Dr. Rasha Kelej welcomed the First Ladies as Merck Foundation Partners and Ambassadors of Merck More Than a Mother to empower infertile women and build healthcare capacity in their countries.

“We are very proud to have the support of H.E. MACKY SALL to enable us to realize our vision to change the landscape of Cancer care in Senegal and rest of Africa“, Dr. Kelej added.

The First Lady of Senegal, Marieme Faye Sall delivered the keynote speech at the Luminary and welcomed the partnership with Merck Foundation to build healthcare capacity across the African region. During the panel Ministers of Health discussed “Building Fertility and cancer care capacity and breaking the Infertility Stigma in Africa and Asia.

More than 58 countries participated in the Luminary, including: Angola, Benin, Burkina Fuso, Bangladesh, Canada, Cameroon, Cambodia, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, Congo, Brazzaville,  Ethiopia, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Conakry, Gabon, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, The Philippines, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Togo, UAE, Uganda, USA, UK, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, among others.

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