From developing new therapies that treat and prevent disease to helping people in need, Merck is committed to improving health and well-being around the world.
The Merck Fellowship for Global Health is one way our company is acting on this commitment. Each year, as many as 30 Fellows are selected to work with non-profit organizations for a three-month assignment. Fellows are referred to as Richard T. Clark (RTC) Fellows in honor of retired Chairman and CEO Richard T. Clark.
Between 2012 and 2018, 188 RTC Fellows from 34 countries have worked with 36 non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. The program has touched thousands of lives in underserved communities around the world.
This year, employees left their regular posts to travel to South Africa for a week-long onboarding session. Now, they are taking on this important hands-on leadership experience to work with NGO partners in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, India and the United States. The RTC Fellows will provide strategic and tactical support to their NGO partners and will use their expertise to help the organizations solve pressing health care challenges by working to build capacity and provide increased access to health products, services and education in the communities they serve.
In 2015, world leaders gathered in New York City for the 70th United Nations General Assembly, during which they formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals - 17 in total - represent the internation community's aspirations for improving the lives of the world's poortest people by 2030.
The Merck Fellowship for Global Health directly contributes to:
(Good Health & Well Being)
(Industry, Innovation and Infractructure)
(Partnership for the Goals)
Our company is committed to discovering smart, sustainable ways to expand access to health care, especially in areas with limited infrastructure and resources. Given the significance of this challenge, it is only by working in partnership with others—governments, donors, patient organizations, health care professionals, NGOs, academic institutions, multilateral organizations and the private sector—that we can we make the strongest contribution. The Merck Fellowship for Global Health is built on the notion of partnering to strengthen the capacity and reach of nonprofit organizations which, in turn, will ultimately solve some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.
The program continues to make valuable contributions to improve global health.
The 2017 results of our annual impact survey show that all NGO partners are extremely or very likely to implement the Fellows’ recommendations and 90 percent reported extraordinary or substantial capacity gains as a result of the Fellows’ work.