Merck's Diabetes and Cancer Awareness Campaign

Partnership objectives

  1. Provide cancer education and diabetes screening to the general population.
  2. Rise awareness about risks linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Merck and Uganda Ministry of Health joined to forces to raise awareness about cancer and diabetes, as well as help preventing risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Merck and Uganda Ministry of Health joined to forces to raise awareness about cancer and diabetes, as well as help preventing risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Copyright Merck

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In December 2015, Merck and Uganda Ministry of Health have joined forces to raise awareness about cancer and diabetes, as well as to help preventing risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The initiative is part of the Merck Capacity Advancement Program (CAP), which was launched in 2012.

The campaign’s objective is to deliver cancer education and diabetes screening to around 2,000 Ugandans, and provide them with advice on healthy lifestyles, tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. An additional 30,000 Ugandans should be reached by diabetes screening and education during the “Merck Uganda Diabetes Day”.

The “Merck Uganda Diabetes Day” is part of the “Merck Africa Diabetes Day”, another pan-African initiative under the CAP program, which aims to reach 300,000 people in Africa in 2016. This initiative has also started in Kenya, in partnership with Kenya Diabetes Management Initiative, Ministry of Health and the County Government of Nairobi and will be extended to more African countries.

Merck is conducting numerous initiatives on cancer and diabetes education and screening. Previous to this, in fact, it has already partnered with the Ministry of Health, Makerere University and Uganda Diabetes Association to raise diabetes awareness through text messages via mobile phones (SMS) to healthcare providers and community members.

Estimated amount of people impacted:

  • 2,000 Ugandans to reach for cancer education and diabetes screening;
  • 30,000 Ugandans to reach for diabetes education and screening;
  • 300,000 people reached by diabetes education and screening in Africa by 2016.
  • By 2018, the company aims to reach 100,000 community members through its combined diabetes and cancer awareness campaigns as part of its Merck Cancer Control Program (MCCP).

Partnership information

Company(ies) Merck

Partner(s) Uganda Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Cancer, Diabetes

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) General population

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Uganda

Start Date 2016

More information Press Release

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« Supporting healthy families, healthy communities, healthy economies - this is our over-all target we want to achieve. »

Kai Beckmann, Member of the Executive Board of Merck