Through the various public private partnerships it enters, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) aims to improve the availability and quality of technical training as well as technology transfer for medical and paramedical staff, secure high quality medical care through improved training of medical and paramedical staff and promote local production of medications in a pilot countries.
In Burundi, BI is involved in training pharmaceutical and technical assistants at the Tanganyika Paramedical School, Bujumbura. By leveraging BI internal resources and know-how, 18 PTAs were qualified in 2012 and 8 in 2013, with a target of 20 per year. A second pillar of the BI’s initiatives in Burundi is the set-up of a local production plant to secure availability of essential medicines in Burundi, with laboratory technical equipment from BI.
In South Africa, through its 'Student Education Program', run in collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Boehringer Ingelheim provides full financial support for medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sponsorship includes all academic fees, subsistence allowances, books, equipment and residence fees for the duration of their seven-year studies with no obligation to the company after graduation. Each year, two additional students join the program.
In Brazil, BI has set up a continued education program for pharmacists and pharmacy clerks to address shortcomings in staffing or preparation. The program set up is a free on-line course composed of 12 study models, geared to pharmacy clerks, pharmacists and Pharmacy college students in all the Brazilian territory. The purpose of the project is to qualify professionals for a better servicing to patients in pharmacies and drugstores. At the end of the program, those participants who access the content monthly and who answer correctly the questions asked, receive a certificate of ""Pharmaceutical Services Technician"", with the seal of the Federal Pharmacy Council (CFF). The pharmacies that had at least 80% of their professionals certified in the program, received acknowledgement by the CFF for good pharmaceutical servicing practices, through the Green Cross seal, which is an internationally acknowledged entity.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Viet Nam, Venezuela, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Indonesia, Burundi, Brazil, Southern Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa, Central Africa|