Merck Moves to Boost Central African Republic’s Healthcare Sector

Central African Republic's Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera Source: REUTERS

Merck Moves to Boost Central African Republic’s Healthcare Sector

The Merck Foundation, a non-profit limited liability company, 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 Chairman of the Merck Foundation Board of Trustees, Professor Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp 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.”

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.

Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp explained “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.”

He added, “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.”

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.

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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