Message from Senator Rasha Kelej on World Heart Day 2021

At Merck Foundation, we mark ‘World Heart Day’ in a very unique way. How? By providing scholarships of one-year Post-Graduate Diploma and two-year Master degree in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine to 100 doctors from 25 countries in Africa and Asia.  No one on the earth can imagine how proud I am that we have so far provided specialty training to more than 1200 doctors in very critical and underserved specialties, not only cardiovascular but also Oncology, Diabetes, Reproductive care, Respiratory, Intensive care, Urology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic, Pediatric Emergency and Neonatal care, psychiatry, pain management, surgery and more. It is the highlight of my career and my life.

So far, Merck Foundation has provided scholarships for Cardiovascular care specialty training from the following 25 countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia Nepal, Niger, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan Tanzania, UAE, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Kind regards,
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
One of 100 most Influential African Women (2020, 2021)

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