The Merck Foundation has opened applications for its Diabetes and Hypertension awards 2018, under the themes: ‘Every day is a Diabetes Day,’ and ‘What a Healthy Heart Needs.’

The awards are being rolled out in many African and Asian universities as part of Merck’s commitment to building diabetes and hypertension healthcare capacity and improving access to quality and sustainable healthcare solutions in developing countries.

“I am very proud to see how our newly established platform of Diabetes and Hypertension Experts has grown in one year. This encourages us to continue and expand 2018 Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards to get universities in more countries in Africa and Asia to join our mission to improve access to quality diabetes and hypertension care,” said CEO of the Merck Foundation, Dr Rasha Kelej.

“All Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards winners have Joined Merck Foundation Alumni with our Oncology and Fertility scholars and fellows from different countries to exchange experience and knowledge and network, this is a very important initiative for us,” continued Dr Kelej.

Participants need to submit a one-page concept paper about how to improve the awareness about early diabetes detection and hypertension control and prevention; as well as how to encourage society, scientific community, local authorities, media and relevant stakeholders to ‘Think and Act’ on diabetes and hypertension.

Submissions will be reviewed by the scientific committee, and the winners will receive an online one year postgraduate online diploma in Diabetes Management and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of South Wales.

For French speaking countries, the winners will receive an online three month Diabetes foundation diploma in French and accredited by Royal Collage of General Practitioners.

Applications are open until the 31st July 2018. Interested students can submit their applications to: and

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