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The "Merck More than a Mother" initiative has collaborated with Asian Fertility experts to create a platform of standalone embryologists in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through its "Merck Embryology Training Program", healthcare providers from Sub-Saharan Africa experience hands-on practical training in partnership with the Indonesian Reproductive Science Institute (IRSI), Indonesia, and International Institute for Training and Research in Reproductive Health (IIRRH), India. Eight candidates from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana have completed the embryology training program since June 2016 with more candidates from other Sub-Saharan Africa such as Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania, Liberia enrolled in the program.
"We truly believe in what has been stated by UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights that access to adequate comprehensive reproductive health services, including fertility care, is a basic human right regardless of the economic circumstances in which individuals are born into. Therefore, the "Merck Embryology Training Program" will improve access to safe and cost-effective fertility care in Sub-Saharan Africa, since there are no embryologists in most of the African countries," said Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation.
Watch the videos of the candidates of the Merck Embryology Training Program
Dr Kamini Rao (centre) at the Merck Embryology Training Program graduation ceremony, India, 2017
Meet the beneficiaries Merck Embryology Training Program