200 participants from more than 20 African countries at the first Africa Luminary Congress in Kenya
Our Africa strategy and the role of the private sector in reshaping Africa's health systems were the main topics of discussion at the first Africa Luminary Congress of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Around 200 participants from more than 20 African countries – including the Kenyan Minister of Health James Macharia, physicians and employees of government agencies and aid organizations – discussed the current state of health systems in Africa and the most urgent issues of their work with CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley and Deputy CEO Stefan Oschmann.
"We are going to further intensify our close collaboration with the African governments, the healthcare sector and academic institutions. Ultimately, it's about improving the quality of healthcare for people across the whole continent," emphasized Kley in Nairobi. The aim is to improve medical care in Africa, strengthen capacity and capabilities in the area of healthcare, and improve access to high quality and innovative health solutions.
"Improving the quality of healthcare for people across the whole continent": Kenya's Minister of Health James Macharia, our CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley, the Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero, and Deputy CEO Stefan Oschmann at the first Africa Luminary Congress in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Africa Diabetes Days
With the launch of the Africa Diabetes Days, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is taking action against the alarming increase in diabetes patients in Africa. The aim of the "Every Day is Diabetes Day" initiative is to make the people in Africa aware of the dangers of diabetes. Free diabetes screening and medical education about the disease is planned for more than 300,000 people throughout Africa by 2016.
Fighting stigmatization of childless women
In addition, with its comprehensive campaign "More than a Mother", we are raising awareness of the discrimination against childless women in Africa in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association KEWOPA.