Seven Liberian medical doctors are expected to begin a one-year online training in September 2020, from the Merck Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady Mrs. Clar Marie Weah.
The training, according to the office of the First Lady, is aimed at developing the first Fertility Embryologists, Oncologists, and diabetes specialists in Liberia. The program endeavors to build the capacity of young Liberian doctors in various medical specialties to establish a skilled team to improve access to quality and equitable cancer care in the country.
At the 6th Merck Africa Asia Luminary event in Ghana 2019, Merck Foundation Executives Dr. Rasha Kelej and Dr. Frank Strangenberg-Haverkamp presented an award to First Lady Weah, expressing great delight in partnering with her to execute the program in Liberia.
“We are proud to make history together with you by making the first Fertility Embryologists, Oncologists, and diabetes specialists in the country,” said Dr. Kelej.
According to the release from the office of the First Lady, Mrs. Weah commended Merck Foundation CEO, Dr. Kelej, for her institution’s commitment to supporting Liberia’s growth and development, particularly through capacity building in the health sector. She also assured Merck Foundation of her continuous collaboration in various ways possible in an effort to improve the lives of Liberians, especially the underprivileged and the vulnerable population.
The further stated that there were many applicants, but a few were successful after scrutiny. The Candidates selected include; Louise Kpoto, Nowiah, Gorpudolo-Dennis, Patience Mator, Rosalyn Teahjay, Peter George, Woheel Tarnue, and Rosemarie Toupay.
The selected candidates will study sexual and reproductive medicine among others.
As part of the Merck Foundation medical specialty training program, at least five Liberians have completed their training, making up the Country’s first three Embryologists and two fertility specialists.
Another Liberian doctor has earned a post-graduate diploma in diabetes management while over 20 Liberian medical professionals are being processed to enroll in various medical specialty training.
The training includes a Master’s Degree in Medical, Pathology, Pediatric, and Radiation Oncology; Diabetes master course post-graduate diploma in Endocrinology and Acute Medicine among others.