Merck Foundation has offered to train medical personnel from Zimbabwe in various specialities in India starting this year.
This is after a meeting between First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and Merck Foundation executives during the summit of First Ladies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The meeting is being attended by First Ladies from Guinea Conakry, The Gambia, Botswana, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Liberia, Mozambique, Mauritania and Malawi.
In an interview with The Herald after meeting Merck Foundation chief executive officer Dr Rasha Kelej yesterday, Mnangagwa said she was excited to have clinched a deal that will transform the country’s health sector. Said Mnangagwa:
The breakthrough is the most exciting thing for me and the nation. Merck Foundation got in touch with me sometime last year and I missed the first summit which was held in Senegal but this time I managed to come to Dubai where many First Ladies are attending and some of them joined a long time ago and this is my first time to attend the summit. Merck Foundation is bringing training of our doctors, awareness on infertility, training in diabetes and high blood pressure. It is also bringing the empowerment of women, girls and young people. I am so excited to be in this programme because it is going to see a major shift and development in our country.