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Merck’s e-learning solutions to help fight diabetes


09 September 2014

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Merck is reaching to health professionals in rural areas by providing SMS and e-learning platform for diabetes.

NAIROBI, Kenya: Merck, the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company has started its second year of its five year project to provide European Accredited Clinical Diabetes Management course for medical and pharmacy students in African Universities by introducing E-Learning.

The German pharmaceutical and chemical giant is implementing a well structured and coherent Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that features a medical education Africa tour to improve diabetes healthcare in Africa.

Merck will provide the same course to medical students of Makerere University, Uganda and University of Namibia.

In the end of the month, Merck CAP will provide the same course addressing chronic diseases management focusing on diabetes and hypertension. The course will be offered in Portuguese by International and local professors to medical students at University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and Katyavala Bwila University, Angola.

In the month of November, Merck will head to Tanzania where they will provide the clinical diabetes management course to medical students of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science before extending the same to University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

Dr Stefan Oschmann, Merck Pharma CEO emphasized “ Merck is supporting E- Health which can definitely contribute to bringing healthcare to unserved or underserved populations; increasing the effectiveness and reducing the costs of healthcare delivery; improving the effectiveness of public health programmes and research; preventing illness and managing and treating chronic diseases.”

Every healthcare provider in countries referred and the rest of Africa wouldhave free access to all the lectures on a dedicated website and will be able to undergo an assessment to obtain CME hours on line.

 

“Merck is confident that supporting this E- learning platform for the diabetes educational program will definitely improve the access to innovative and high quality healthcare solution and disease awareness which will contribute significantly to the economical and social development in Africa”. Stefan added.

SOURCE: African Press Organization

 
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