7 February 2014

Mozambique: Merck Pledges 'Strategic Partnership'

Maputo — The international pharmaceutical company Merck announced on Thursday that it is entering into “a strategic partnership” with Mozambique, centred on an “Advanced Capacity Building Programme”.

Under this programme over 1,000 university medical students will benefit from clinical training in dealing with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

According to a Merck press release, during a visit to the medical faculty of Maputo's Eduardo Mondlane University, Stefan Oschman, head of the pharmaceutical division of Merck, said the company hoped to maintain a long relationship with the University “to improve the pattern of diabetes and high blood pressure, health care, medical education and awareness of the problem of diabetes among Mozambicans”.

The director of the medical faculty, Mohsin Sidat, said the partnership with Merck “will help us combat the ever growing rate of prevalence of diabetes”.

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