Updated on 25 February 2015
Merck said in a statement that more than 5,000 students will participate in the company's capacity advancement program in Asia
Singapore: Germany-based Merck has joined forces with Maharashtra University, India and University of Indonesia to offer clinical diabetes management program in India and Indonesia. The 5-year program has been developed by EXCEMED (Excellence in Medical Education) and is accredited by the European Accreditation Council of Continuous Medical Education (EACCME). The course will be taught by European and local Diabetes and Thyroid experts.
Merck said in a statement that more than 5,000 students will participate in the company's capacity advancement program in Asia. "We are delighted to partner with these universities and offer our Capacity Advancement Program in India and Indonesia. The program will help in providing sustainable access to quality health solutions and medicines in the countries," said Mr Stefan Oschmann, vice chairman and deputy CEO of Merck.
Prof. Mahdi Jufri, dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Indonesia, said, "There has been a steep rise in diabetes cases in Asia. There is an urgent need to develop accredited teaching programs for health sciences students so that diabetics treatment can be handled by holistic approach with other primary health care providers besides medical doctor, such as pharmacists, nurses, and public health."
Merck said it is planning to target more than 15,000 students by the end of 2018 by expanding the program to more universities in the developing countries. Dr Arun Jamkar, vice chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, emphasized, "It gives us immense pleasure to invite stakeholders in the fields of medicine and diabetes in Maharashtra. In joint collaboration with DMER and Merck, this Diabetes education course aims to provide guidelines and clinical practice for prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes and its complications for medical undergraduates of the 18 medical colleges in Maharashtra university."