Merck ties up with TMC to train African oncologists

July 2, 2018 0 By CH Unnikrishnan

The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), a premier centre of excellence in cancer care in India, and Merck Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to impart training for oncologists from Africa.

The Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Programme will give a year-long training for oncologists at TMC free of cost as cancer care continues to be a big challenge to many African countries. Initiated by Merck Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation of Merck KgaA of Germany. The program aims to increase the number of qualified oncologists across the African continent.

The fellowship programme will be followed up by another year of mentorship where the newly trained oncologists will be guided by TMC doctors in cancer care through a multidisciplinary disease management approach. A Tumour Board, along with various specialists involved in multidisciplinary care would deliberate on individual cancer cases to decide the best possible treatment.

As per the MoU, as many as fifty oncologists from the African continent will get trained at TMC over the next two years.
Launched in 2016, over 30 candidates from more than 15 African countries have enrolled in the Merck Oncology Fellowship Programme.