Merck Foundation, in collaboration with 19 African First Ladies, has granted scholarships for over 1100 doctors from Nigeria and 41 other countries for training in key specialities in healthcare.
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, in a statement said the foundation marked the ‘World Health Day’ 2021 by calling for applications for scholarships for new important specialities for local doctors across Africa.
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She said the scholarships involved one and two-year speciality sponsorship to improve access to quality and equitable healthcare in Africa, Asia and Latin America in specialities such as oncology, diabetes, preventative cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, sexual and reproductive medicine and acute medicine.
Others are respiratory medicine, human-assisted reproduction and embryology and fertility speciality, to be the first in their countries.
She said, “In line with our vision to strengthen the public healthcare system in Africa, Asia, and developing countries, on this World Health Day, I am very proud to announce that Merck Foundation has widened the horizons by introducing scholarships for young local doctors in many new underserved specialities including emergency and resuscitation medicine, gastroenterology, laparoscopic surgical skills, mental health, psychological therapies, orthopaedics trauma science, paediatric, emergency medicine, advanced surgical practice and dermatology.”
Others are: “Neonatal medicine, pain management, psychiatry, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, internal medicine, neuroimaging for research, urology, trauma, and orthopaedics.
“We are very proud to invite applications from African and Asian doctors from under-served communities for these scholarships.”