From 2012 to 2015, PYXERA Global partnered with Merck to design and implement the Merck Fellowship for Global Health. This program gives Merck employees the opportunity to provide hands-on assistance, for approximately three months, to global humanitarian organizations. The program leverages the specific skills of Merck employees to support and enhance non-profit organizations, which in turn provides increased access to health services, products, and education to the communities they serve.
Fellowship for Global Health
The Merck Fellowship for Global Health Impact
Over 100 fellows have contributed their time and expertise to global humanitarian organizations.
The Merck fellows represent 16 nationalities and a diverse range of knowledge and expertise.
Twenty-seven organizations have received hands-on consulting assistance through the program.
Merck fellows have made an impact in 12 countries, including India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
"What really excites me is the chance the Fellowship gives employees to apply their dedication, skills and abilities to put Merck’s mission into action. Working with humanitarian organizations around the world in this way allows us to have a truly unique effect on people’s lives and better understand the future of health care."
Richard T. Clark
Retired Chariman and CEO, Merck
Passion … purpose … and a commitment to corporate responsibility. These are some of the many qualities that retired Chairman and CEO Dick Clark brought to Merck during his successful tenure at the helm of the company. In recognition of his visionary contributions, the Office of Corporate Philanthropy created the Merck Fellowship for Global Health. The basis for the global program is Merck’s mission to improve and save lives. The passion, however, comes from Merck employees and the organizations they serve.
The Merck Fellowship for Global Health gives Merck employees the opportunity to provide hands-on assistance, for approximately three months, to global humanitarian organizations. The program leverages the specific skills of Merck employees to support and enhance non-profit organizations, which in turn provides increased access to health services, products and education to the communities they serve.
Merck’s Fellowship program starts first and foremost with identifying the most pressing challenges facing its non-profit partners. The objective is to make a match between their challenges and the expertise that resides within Merck. In order to do this, the Office of Corporate Philanthropy and Human Resources work together to identify specific eligibility criteria. Once the application window opens, employees have the opportunity to complete an application and describe their experiences, strengths and interests. Applications are then reviewed for alignment with existing Fellowship opportunities’ needs. In addition to a strong performance record, employees need to possess the skills, training and experience relevant to the project. Furthermore, Merck seeks eligible employees whose participation in a Fellowship assignment is aligned with their developmental needs and career interests.
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