Merck Foundation avails over 140 oncology scholarships to Africa

By Kudakwashe Pembere The number of Merck Foundation’s scholarships for training cancer specialists in Africa to meet the huge demand of oncology services is increasing as the organization’s Cancer Access Program with First Ladies and Ministries of Health has managed to avail over 140 scholarships to African doctors. Cancer Access Program seeks to build quality and equitable cancer care capacity in Africa with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists and develop the first multidisciplinary cancer care teams across the continent. With World Cancer Day commemorations running on…

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Frequent Sex Increases Conception Chances In Couples Battling Infertility-Dr Mocanu

PROLONGED exposure to the sperm or male sex cell, reduces chances of infertility, in the process increasing a woman’s chances of conceiving, a top fertility expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa This comes amidst indications that couples mainly from Sub Saharan Africa, Zimbabwe included, are increasingly experiencing infertility challenges with global data showing that approximately 48.5 million couples globally are affected by infertility. Infertility is defined clinically as failure to conceive after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Speaking during a virtual press conference to mark World Infertility…

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HealthTimes Scribe Scoops Merck Foundation Regional Media Award

ZIMBABWEAN journalists excelled at the just held Merck Foundation More than a Mother Media Awards, with HealthTimes Journalist and Editor, Michael Gwarisa emerging one of the winners during the ceremony that was held virtually.  By Kudakwashe Pembere The awards recognized Journalists who did exceptionally well with regards to reporting on Infertility and diabetes on the Africa continent. Michael, a multi award winning health Journalist in Zimbabwe came out third in the Online Media category in a heavily contested competition against fellow Journalists from the Southern African region. In an interview…

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Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 Kicks Off In Dubai

THE 9th edition of the Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, a yearly educational conference conducted to contribute to Africa and Asia’s socio-economic development, has commenced in Dubai amidst growing calls for governments in Africa to make infertility treatment affordable to the general citizenry. By Michael Gwarisa The two day conference, a hybrid meeting is being attended by over 6000 delegates physically and online and these include healthcare providers, Policy makers, academia, researchers and health media from more than 70 English, French and Portuguese speaking countries. Giving her introductory remarks, Merck…

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Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies mark “World Heart Day 2022” by providing 720 scholarships of Preventative Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Endocrinology for doctors from 45 countries

Merck Foundation in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health provided more than 720 scholarships of one–year Post–Graduate Diploma and two–year Master Degree in Preventative CardiovascularMedicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology to doctors from 45 countries in Africa, Asia and beyond. These scholarships are included in the total 1450 scholarships Merck Foundation provided to doctors from 47 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as oncology, fertility, respiratory medicine, acute medicine, orthopaedic and many more. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks “World Heart Day…

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