Through our Merck Capacity Advancement Program, we are striving to improve access to better diabetes, cancer, hypertension care in underserved communities.
By educating and training medical graduates, we want to basically strengthen the local capacities and enhance the clinical management processes. The goal is to raise awareness for these health conditions as well as to support healthcare systems with the measures to prevent, diagnose and manage them effectively.
As a part of the Merck Capacity Advancement Program, the Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards were introduced in more than 30 African and Asian universities. Open to all medical graduates, the aim of the awards is to establish a strong platform of specialized diabetes and hypertension experts in developing countries. The winners are granted enrolment into an internationally recognized one-year online postgraduate diploma in English and French that advances their clinical knowledge in tackling these chronic diseases.
The program then evolved to the Merck Diabetes Blue Points Project in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health and Academia to help improve access to equitable and quality diabetes care nationwide in African Countries
Candidates from different provinces, counties or districts of the respective countries are provided a one-year online Postgraduate Diabetes Diploma from, UK, ensuring geographical coverage of the whole country to help improve the landscape of diabetes care in Africa.
Our “Capacity Advancement Program” develops healthcare experts from African, Asian and other developing countries to help increase capacity and raise awareness of non-communicable health conditions.
30,000 students from medical universities have benefitted from clinical Diabetes and Hypertension management program from 2012 – 2016 in 9 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, India and Indonesia.
210 medical graduates enrolled from 35 countries which are:
*Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, UAE. The candidates have been have enrolled in the one-year online postgraduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine or Diabetes Management (English & French) since 2016