On World Cancer Day Merck Foundation takes new resolution for treating Oncology

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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks ‘World Cancer Day 2020’ themed ‘I am and I will’ by their Cancer Access Program to build cancer care capacity to increase limited number of Oncologists across the continent.

​Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks ‘World Cancer Day 2020’ themed ‘I am and I will’ by their Cancer Access Program to build cancer care capacity to increase limited number of Oncologists across the continent.

“We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through shaping the landscape of Cancer care in the continent. Merck Foundation is focusing on improving access to cancer care solutions by developing a Multidisciplinary Oncology Care team in each country (like Medical, Surgery, Pediatric, Gynae, Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Technician, Nursing, Pathologist) as an integrated team approach can lead to better outcomes. I am very proud to say that we have so far trained more than 80 Oncologists from 26 countries. I am particularly very happy to share that Merck Foundation has trained first ever oncologists in countries like Gambia, Central African Republic, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Chad and Sierra Leone. We are making history in these countries,” emphasized Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.

The efforts of Merck Foundation are being appreciated by African presidents and First Ladies. The President of Chad, H.E. IDRISS DÉBY, President of Niger, H. E. MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU, President of Burundi, H.E. PIERRE NKURUNZIZA, President of Central African Republic, H.E. FAUSTIN-ARCHANGE TOUADÉRA have acknowledged Merck Foundation’s efforts to train their doctors to be the first oncologists in their countries so that people can find the cancer care they deserve in their home countries.

The First Lady of Liberia, H.E CLAR MARIE WEAH shared, “Merck Foundation is training the first ever oncologists from our country. Having our own cancer specialists is something we had never imagined. I deeply appreciate the efforts of Merck Foundation”.

The First Lady of Sierra Leone, H.E FATIMA MAADA BIO expressed her gratitude, “Cancer was a subject that people would only talk about secretly. Only after the death of the person we would know that he or she had cancer. And we have too many people dying of cancer. So, Merck Foundation’s program of training the cancer specialists has been a God sent program for my country. You have empowered us to talk about Cancer. Thank you for training local experts in my country.”

Merck Foundation through its Merck Cancer Access Program has trained more than 80 Oncology Care Specialists from 26 countries which are: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinee, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

As per the data, the burden of cancer in Africa is growing with recent estimates reporting 1.06 million new cancer cases per year. This figure is expected to increase by 102% to 2.12 million by 2040.

Therefore, Merck foundation partnership with African First Ladies, local Governments and Academia has been the right strategy to address this pressing issue. The Merck Cancer access Program was launched in 2016 to provide One, two- and three-years fellowship and master degree programs in India, Egypt, Kenya and Malaysia.

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