Africa and Asia: Improving health through awareness
Proper treatment for non-infectious diseases such as cancer and diabetes is frequently unavailable in developing health systems, often because physicians lack the necessary knowledge. We’re working to change this situation through our Capacity Advancement Program (CAP). We help educate current and aspiring health care professionals by teaching them effective measures for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. By the end of 2016, the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Universities Program had reached 17,000 students from universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Angola, India, and the United Arab Emirates, providing them with European-accredited clinical diabetes and hypertension management training. In addition to this effort, we also launched the More than a Mother campaign in Kenya in 2015. This initiative provides med students and general practitioners with crucial medical knowledge on infertility and also seeks to challenge society’s perception of the roles and worth of women suffering from this condition.