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Sweden invests USD 8.5 Million in 2017 for improved maternal and new-born health

The Swedish funding to the health sector is part of a long-term commitment to address the severe health needs of women and girls and help re-build the health system in Somalia

Sweden has granted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) USD 8.5 Million to scale-up high impact reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health interventions in Somalia.   Millions of women in Somalia remain at great risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, one in 22 women dies prematurely due to pregnancy…

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    • From left to right: H.E. Roman Tesfaye, The First Lady of Ethiopia; H.E. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, The First Lady of Nigeria; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation; Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation
    • H.E Sia Nyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • H.E. Brigitte Touadera The First Lady of C.A.R. (front right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (back left)
    • H.E. Roman Tesfaye, The First Lady of Ethiopia (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira, The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (back left); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • H.E. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, The First Lady of Nigeria (left); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (centre); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (right)
    • H.E. Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, The First Lady of Swaziland (front) greets Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation as H.E Sia Nyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre back) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left back) look on
    • H.E. Hinda Deby Itno, The First Lady of Chad (left) greets H.E Sia Nyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone as H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira, The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (back left), Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation look on
    • H.E. Dominique Ouattara, The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire (left); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (centre)
    • H.E. Mathato S. Mosisili, The First Lady of Lesotho (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • H.E. Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, First Lady of The Gambia (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left); Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (second left)
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Merck Foundation at African Union Assembly, African First Ladies Summit

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, meet the First Ladies

Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp affirms Merck’s long term partnership with African countries  Watch this video: Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp-Merck Foundation at African First Ladies Summit, AU Assembly (http://APO.af/geVAie)  Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) continues its strong partnership with African Countries, to build healthcare capacity, improve access to cancer care and advance people lives…

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    • H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan (right) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan (right) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)
    • From left to right: Mr Leonard Saika, Program Director Merck Foundation; Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan
    • From left to right: Mr Leonard Saika, Program Director Merck Foundation; Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan
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Merck Foundation commits to long term partnership with Government of Tanzania

Merck Foundation commits to build healthcare capacity and improve access to innovative and equitable healthcare solutions in Tanzania

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) commits to long term partnership with the Government of Tanzania. During the high level meeting between Her Excellency Vice President, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan and Dr Rasha Kelej, the CEO of Merck Foundation, Merck Foundation commits to build healthcare capacity and improve access to innovative and equitable…

Royal Philips
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Philips Community Life Centre brings quality primary care to a community of 40,000 people in one of the world’s most challenging regions: Mandera County, Kenya

The new primary care and community hub is part of Philips’ ongoing commitment to improve access to quality primary healthcare and to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates – a huge challenge across sub-Saharan Africa

Mandera County Government, UNFPA and Philips deliver on their commitment to implement Kenya’s second Community Life Centre (CLC) in order to advance reproductive, maternal and newborn health The CLC platform aims to strengthen primary care and enable community development in a County that has one of the highest maternal mortality…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Ethiopia |

First official visit of the new WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom to Ethiopia

During his visit, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom participated in a high-level working dinner organized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

After taking office on 1 July 2017, the new Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom, conducted his first official visit to Ethiopia, on the occasion of the 29th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. Dr Tedros Adhanom, WHO DG paid a courtesy call to…

Equra Health
Source: Equra Health |

Kenya’s Eldoret Hospital opens Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Western Kenya gets world-class integrated cancer treatment facilities

Equra Health Kenya (http://EquraHealth.co.za) has officially opened the Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the fast-growing agricultural and trade town of Eldoret in Western Kenya. The facility will serve a broader population of 20 million people across Western Kenya, Uganda and parts of Rwanda; many of whom previously would have had…

Source: Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom |

UK field hospital in South Sudan fully operational

The Defence Secretary has confirmed that the UK-built temporary hospital that will support a UN mission in country is now up and running

British troops are supporting the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed that the Bentiu-based medical facility is fully operational, and will support over 1,800 UN peacekeepers and UN staff. This will enable military and civilian staff to carry out the work of the UNMISS…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

MSF: HIV response in West and Central Africa will not succeed if key barriers remain unaddressed

MSF witnesses the reluctance of health ministries and governments and international implementing partners to fully include civil society and communities service delivery, testing and adherence support, as well as stigma reduction activities and service monitoring

As African heads of state meet today in Addis Ababa to endorse the Emergency catch-up plan led by UNAIDS to accelerate HIV treatment in West and Central Africa, the international humanitarian medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reiterates its call for a clear roadmap and strong political commitment…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO declares an end to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested negative for the disease for the second time

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested…