Winners of Merck Diabetes Awards announced

Hohoe (V/R)- Merck Foundation, the humanitarian entity of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced winners of the Merck Diabetes Awards 2017 as part of the ‘World Diabetes Day 2018’ celebrations.

A total of 25 winners including Mr Victor Ekem, University of Ghana Medical School, Legon, were announced, which attracted over 500 concept submission applications from universities in Africa and Asia, according to a release copied to the Ghana News Agency.

The winners from each university have been provided with an opportunity to study for a one-year online Post Graduate Diabetes Diploma from the South Wales University, United Kingdom.

Merck Foundation will also provide an opportunity to winners from French speaking countries to enrol for a three month foundation Course on Diabetes in French, accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK.

Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, said Merck Foundation launched ‘Merck Diabetes Award’ in 2016 in more than 30 African and Asian universities in partnership with health ministries. The aim is to build a platform of diabetes experts across the globe. This year we discussed the concept of involving our partners from First ladies and ministries of health in 10 African countries in selecting the winners and the candidates for this valuable diploma so that they can establish diabetes clinics across the counties in each country, this will be a strong milestone of improving access to quality and equitable diabetes care, not only in the capital but nationwide.

Merck Foundation has also announced the call for application for the medical students to apply for the Merck Diabetes Award 2018-19 with the theme Every Day is a Diabetes Day.

It said Medical graduates across African and Asian medical universities have been asked to submit a concept paper on how to improve diabetes early detection and prevention in their countries and how to encourage their society, scientific community, local authorities, media and relevant stakeholders to think and act on diabetes every day. The deadline for the submission of the entries is 31st January 2019.

Merck Diabetes Award marks another milestone of our commitment to working with governments, academia and relevant stakeholders in building healthcare capacity with a focus on non-communicable diseases in developing countries, added Dr Rasha Kelej.

Dr Goufon Kuete Herve from Cameroon, an award winner from Merck Diabetes Award 2017 says, As a physician working in a rural setting where most patients referred to tertiary hospitals, die on their way due to diabetic complications, this programme has enabled me to properly manage the patients, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this health burden.

Fu Mei Sian from Malaysia, another award winner, said I am delighted to be the winner of this award, as it this will enable me to improve my knowledge and experience and provide my expertise to the people of my country.

Source: Ghana News Agency