Wednesday, 14 October 2015

News Release: Special Focus On Ebola And Emergent Infectious Diseases

Merck Living Innovation , UNESCO, and the Minister of State for Health of Uganda will host an interactive webcast on 19 October, 09:30GMT, on the occasion of the UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit to be held on the 19th and 20th of October in Geneva, Switzerland.

Up to 100 scientists/researchers from all over Africa, were selected to attend the Summit in Geneva.

Merck Living Innovation will announce the five African winners of the awards for Emergent Young Researchers. The first three award winners will have a fellowship program for 6 month in Merck R&D hub in Germany and Switzerland.

The UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa (more than 30 countries) to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on Ebola and emergent infectious diseases. The Summit will also showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community. It also aims to Identify Scientific Research Priorities for Evolving Health Needs, and identify opportunities to Capitalise on HIV Research Capacities for Emerging Infectious Diseases in Africa such as Ebola.

UNESCO-MARS will be conducted on a yearly basis which will ensure significant sustainable impact on access to high quality and innovative healthcare solutions, building research capacity and sustaining innovation across Africa.

Mr Stefan Oschmann, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board & Deputy CEO of Merck, President of International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Mrs Sarah Opendi, Hon. Minister of State for Health, Uganda
Mrs Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Mr George I. Godia, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Kenya to UNESCO

 Monday, 19 October, 09:30GMT

 The conference will be held in English.

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