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09 April 2021 | Education

Marking World Health Day, the Merck Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany) together with 19 African First Ladies and health ministries, announced scholarships in various new specialties for young African doctors.

Merck Foundation CEO Dr Rasha Kelej said that the foundation has introduced scholarships for young doctors in many new underserved specialties including emergency and resuscitation medicine, gastroenterology, laparoscopic surgical skills, mental health (psychological therapies), orthopaedic trauma science, paediatric emergency medicine, advanced surgical practice, dermatology, neonatal medicine, pain management, psychiatry, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, internal medicine, neuroimaging for research, urology, trauma, and orthopaedics.

“We invite applications from African and Asian doctors from under-served communities for these scholarships,” Kelej said.

“This is in line with the foundation’s vision to strengthen the public healthcare system in Africa, Asia, and developing countries.”

“We believe that every patient is important and deserves the best specialized treatment, irrespective of the geographical parameters,” Kelej said. “Thus, we strongly believe that building professional healthcare capacity is the best strategy to improve access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions for patients in underserved communities.”

Kelej added that the foundation has so far provided for more than 1 100 doctors from 42 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America with one and two-year specialty training in multiple fields such as oncology, diabetes, preventative cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, sexual and reproductive medicine, acute medicine, respiratory medicine, human assisted reproduction and embryology & fertility specialty, to be the first in their countries.

For scholarship eligibility criteria for the online courses, visit www.Merck-Foundation.com, while applications can be submitted along with a CV to [email protected]

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