President of Merck Foundation, Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp today paid a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr. Prithvirajsing Roopun, at the State House in Réduit. He was accompanied by the Managing Director of Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kelej.
In a statement after the meeting, Professor Stangenberg-Haverkamp highlighted that discussions with the President focused on the importance of science-based higher education for each country. For him, skills in mathematics, biology and physics are necessary to improve the level of health in general. He lamented that too few people in Germany and Mauritius choose to take the STEM pathway, which includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Working in STEM can be very rewarding with the opportunity to be part of cutting-edge research developments and projects, he said.
Regarding COVID-19, he said he was very impressed with the high vaccination rate in Mauritius, namely 82%, which is the same as in Germany. He also noted with satisfaction that the Government of Mauritius operates a system of medical facilities which provides free care to citizens.
As for Dr. Rasha Kelej, she said that 63 scholarships will be awarded to young Mauritian doctors in critical specialties such as oncology, cardiology, sexual and reproductive health and fertility. She pointed out that they will also have discussions with the Minister of Health and Wellness regarding the training of six or more oncologists to work at New Cancer Hospital.
She expressed her satisfaction that the partnership between Merck Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which dates back to 2018, is very fruitful and dynamic.
Professor Stangenberg-Haverkamp was born in 1948 in Dorsten, Germany. He is Chairman of the Board and Board of Directors of E. Merck KG and a member of the Merck family.
After graduating from German university, he served in the German Air Force, which he left as a lieutenant. At the University of Friborg he studied economics and economic history. After completing his studies, he worked at Commerzbank and investment banks Baring Brothers and Hambros in London.
In 1984 he was elected to the board of directors of E. Merck KG and has been its chairman since 2004. In January 2014 he was elected chairman of the board of directors and the family council of E. Merck KG.
As for Dr. Rasha Kelej, she is also President of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative, Member of the Egyptian Senate (2020 – 2025), President of “Merck More Than a Mother” and President of Merck Foundation Alumni.
The Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation, established in 2017, aims to improve the health and well-being of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Their efforts are primarily focused on improving access to equitable and quality health care solutions in underserved communities, building scientific research and health care capacity, and empowering people in communities. STEM, with a particular focus on women and young people.
The Foundation strives to work closely with partners who are African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Education, Information and Communication, Gender, Academia, research and media and art to build health care capacity and address health, social and economic challenges in developing countries. and underserved communities.