Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has marked ‘World Diabetes Day 2018’ by announcing the winners of Merck Diabetes Awards 2017 and call for application for Merck Diabetes Award 2018.
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,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.
“This will be a strong milestone of improving access to quality and equitable diabetes care, not only in the capital but nationwide”.
Winners of the Merck Diabetes Award 2017 were announced this year.
The award attracted over 500 concept submission applications from universities in Africa and Asia.
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 enroll for a three-month foundation Course on Diabetes in French, accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK.
Merck Foundation 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.”
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.