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With the help of pharmaceutical advisory services, action medeor supports the local development and production of medicines, also collaborating with local manufacturers in this field. This guarantees a better availability of medicines and reduces the dependency of developing countries on expensive imports.
Our aim is to impart the necessary knowledge to the local partners, thereby enabling them to independently render pharmaceutical and medical care. This includes the ability to produce drugs locally in compliance to adequate quality standards and to dispense them to patients at an affordable price. Through educating and training local health workers and pharmacists, action medeor promotes the formation of a functioning health care system and the necessary involvement of the population to break the vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
For more than 50 years action medeor has been promoting wider access to essential medicines. Today the charitable non-governmental organisation action medeor e.V. is the largest medical aid organisation in Europe.
The strengths of action medeor as a powerful and competent partner for improving the supply of medicines in developing countries include our:
- Dedicated team of pharmaceutical professionals with years of experience in development cooperation, industry and research
- Excellent contacts to various national and international partner organizations, universities, government authorities and intergovernmental organizations (WHO, EU, GIZ, EAC, ECOWAS, NEPAD)
- Close cooperation between action medeor’s pharmaceutical professionals and its Development Cooperation/Humanitarian Aid departments
- Distinguished team of experts from the academic and industrial sectors to deal with various topics
pharmacist (University of Düsseldorf). Work experience in both public and hospital pharmacy in Germany and Namibia. Started working for action medeor in 2002, supported a Tanzanian manufacturer from 2012-2013. Board member at action medeor since 2013. Particular fields of expertise: feasibility studies for and planning and coordinating of pharmaceutical building projects (laboratories, production sites).
pharmacist (University of Tübingen), Master of Science in International Health (University of Heidelberg). Began working for action medeor in 2005. Special field of pharmaceutical consulting: GMP and GSP trainings in East Africa, Ghana, Cameroon and Haiti, building laboratory capacities, setting up pharmaceutical wholesalers and strengthening pharmaceutical training on all levels from pharmacy assistants to pharmacists.
pharmacist (University of Asmara, Eritrea), Master of Science in International Health (University of Heidelberg). Many years of work experience in a hospital pharmacy. Has been working for action medeor since 2011 and is responsible for the evaluation of manufacturers and products. Focuses within pharmaceutical advisory services: GMP audits of East African manufacturers, planning/conducting training courses for pharmaceutical staff in South Sudan.
Dr. Irmgard Buchkremer-Ratzmann
pharmacist (University Düsseldorf), Master of Drug Regulatory Affairs (University of Bonn), experience in pharmacological research (university and industry). Many years experience in working for a service provider for the European pharmaceutical industry (drug regulatory affairs, drug safety and quality control). Has worked at action medeor since 2013. Focuses of pharmaceutical advisory services: drug regulatory affairs training courses, supporting the development of accreditation systems, supporting pharmaceutical wholesalers.
has been working for action medeor since beginning her apprenticeship as a management assistant in wholesale and foreign trade in 1985.
From 2000 onwards she has been the head of the secretariat for pharmacy and development cooperation.
The pharmacy department is supported by an extensive network of experts from universities and the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore pharmacy interns support us and gain insight into our company/work for six month periods.