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Healthcare business professionals meet students

During the module ‚International Healthcare Management‘ business professionals from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and EPOS Health Management visited the students to give them an insight into the ‚real world‘ of international healthcare systems. Tobias Dierks from the GIZ introduced the ABS Capacity Development Initiative: ABS – Three Letters for Development; How Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) provides Economic Opportunities and Contributes to Biodiversity Conservation. The initiative aims to guarantee a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources. Dierks not only explained the lengthy and difficult process necessary before an international agreement can be reached, but also the rules companies have to follow if they want to use biological and genetic resources. Representatives from Epos Health Management in Bad Homburg visited the students. EPOS is a worldwide provider of health sector consulting services mainly working for GIZ and EU projects. Ms Beyene-Kuehnl introduced a Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program in Pakistan. Goal of the program is to halve TB prevalence and death rate by 2025. She illustrated the difficulties of the project: building the warehouse, setting up stock management, refurbishing the peripheral laboratories, identifying patients and providing communication and education material for patients and their relatives. A photo of the five members of her project team in Pakistan brought home the different levels between healthcare in Pakistan and Europe: Each one was confronted with illness of a close relative and one colleague sadly died during the two-year project. The presentation “The Philippine Health Financing Reform” by Mr Asperas was met with great interest. He explained the importance of functional and sustainable health financing as a driver of reforms in many aspects of healthcare (like primary care and hospital service improvement). A lively discussion followed and the students took the opportunity to question Mr Asperas thoroughly in preparation for their presentations regarding the topic “Health systems in transition in a given developing country” which is part of the assessment of the module.