BrandArena: Merck Joins Kenya Ministry Of Health Kenya DMI to Celebrate World Diabetes Day

Friday 14 November 2014

Merck Joins Kenya Ministry Of Health Kenya DMI to Celebrate World Diabetes Day

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical, chemical and life-science sectors, announces today its Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Campaign in partnership with Kenya Ministry of Health and Diabetes Management and Information center (DMI) on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day.

Merck Diabetes Awareness and prevention  campaign will be at  Kenya Diabetes Management & Information Centre ( DMI Centre) Rose Avenue, Hurlingham,  Off Argwings Kodhek Road Nairobi , Kenya.

The press conference will be at Serena hotel, frangipani on the 14th of November from 7 am to 10 am.

Dubbed ‘Get Informed- Get Active- Get Healthier’, the campaign aims to free screen more than 2000 community members for Diabetes in order to reverse this worrying trend by preventing or delaying the development of diabetes in the Kenyan population.

Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and CEO Pharma, said: “By partnering with Kenya Ministry of Health and DMI we hope to quickly achieve our objective of advancing healthcare capacities and contributing to social and economic development of Kenya. Our goal is to improve the healthcare sector in the country through educating and empowering those affected by diabetes on how to manage and prevent it in Kenya and the rest of Africa.”

Eva Muchemi, Executive Director of the Diabetes Management and Information Centre (DMI) said: “World diabetes day is celebrated on 14th of November of every year around the world to raise awareness among peoples about diabetes with a theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes”. In simple words we can explain Diabetes as a condition which occurs due to the problem in production and supply of insulin in the body.

In large towns or metro cities, most of the people don’t eat healthy food, and also take less physical activity, that may be the major reason of this condition”.

The Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health James Macharia has applauded Merck for its Capacity Advancement Program that was launched successfully in 2013 in Kenya. “The Ministry of Health is supporting private public partnership with reputable companies like Merck to promote key health guidelines and raise awareness about diabetes so that people learn how to prevent it” .he added.

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