Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, marking ‘World Diabetes Day 2021’ in partnership with the African First Ladies through “Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Program”

At Merck Foundation, we mark ‘World Diabetes Day’ every day by providing One-year diploma and two-year master’s degree in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Cardiovascular Preventive Medicines to doctors as part of “Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Program” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health and Medical societies. Around 600 doctors from Africa Asia and Latin America have been enrolled in these training to improve access to quality and equitable Diabetes, Hypertension, and Endocrinology care in more than 42 countries.

Merck Foundation constantly works towards building healthcare, more than 1200 doctors have benefited from MF capacity advancement programs in many other critical specialties. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021 is ‘Access to Diabetes Care’, which is very close to the Merck Foundation’s goal as we understand the urgent need to increase access for diabetes prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment, in order to prevent complications and improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes, especially under these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Merck Foundation strives to transform patient care in Africa and developing countries.

Kind regards,
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
One of 100 Most Influential Africans (2019 & 2020)

Watch the video testimonial of the first Diabetologist in Kenya from Merck Foundation Alumni, Dr. Sam Mucheru
Testimonial of Merck Foundation Alumni
Testimonial of Merck Foundation Alumni

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