Doctors explain benefits of USW's online medical education at Senegal conference

A team of doctors from South Wales spoke at a healthcare conference in Dakar, Senegal, on novel ways of delivering healthcare education in Africa and Asia.

A team of doctors from South Wales spoke at a healthcare conference in Dakar, Senegal, on novel ways of delivering healthcare education in Africa and Asia.

Organised by Merck Foundation, the charitable arm of Merck Germany, the event brought together more than 500 healthcare professionals from 58 countries, including the first ladies from 11 African states, under the patronage of the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.

The Welsh contingent was invited to promote medical education after 20 African doctors, sponsored by the Merck Foundation, successfully completed the online postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses run by Diploma MSc in conjunction with the University of South Wales (USW).

Professor Steve Davies, Consultant Physician and founder of the Diploma MSc programmes, Professor Atul Kalhan (Royal Glamorgan Hospital) and Dr Kofi Obuobie (Royal Gwent Hospital), represented Diploma MSc.

Prof Davies said: “It was a great privilege to speak at this event and meet the African doctors who are so committed to improving healthcare in their countries.

“Through the support of the Merck Foundation, these doctors have been able to study with a global healthcare community, develop expertise, and be influential in improving patient care in their region.

“That the doctor remains in their own country while studying for a UK qualification ensures that their region does not lose out on a valuable healthcare resource.”

Twenty students sponsored by the Merck Foundation have successfully obtained qualifications with Diploma MSc, with the first lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, saying the partnership will continue to develop.

“The Merck Foundation has supported five Ghanaian doctors through the postgraduate diploma course. We are planning to partner with Merck Foundation to expand this program to more doctors,” she said.

To date, more than 2,000 healthcare professionals from countries across the world have successfully completed studies with the award-winning Diploma MSc since its start in 2010.

Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation, hosted the conference.

“Merck Foundation is working closely with African governments and academia to build healthcare capacity and improve access to quality healthcare in underserved communities,” he said.

“We are planning to help hundreds of doctors to improve their skills through studying on these online courses with the aim to establish a platform of future health experts for better patient care, which is our mission.”

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of USW. It offers online postgraduate courses to healthcare professionals globally, enabling them to improve their skills and knowledge, and ultimately, their patient care.

 

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