On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2016, we at EPOS Health Management continue to do our part in the fight against this disease. Recently, we were pleased to assist the TB Control Program of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) in Pakistan to inaugurate a state-of-the-art Biosafety Level III laboratory at Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar. The laboratory, financed by KfW Development Bank, serves the entire province which is home to 26 million people.
The project «Technical Assistance to Support the Strengthening of the Health Information System in Tajikistan”, funded by the European Union (EU), has organized the final project roundtable with the participation of Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Population, EU Ambassador to Tajikistan, Minister of Justice, Vice Minister of Justice, Adviser to the Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population, WHO Country representative to Tajikistan, First
A project closure ceremony for the EU-funded Technical Cooperation Programme to the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan took place in Kabul on 7 March 2016. The four-year project provided technical assistance to several departments within the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to enable development of sound policies, strategies and operational plans and oversee implementation.
A team of experts have been brought together to produce the Health Systems in Transition (HiT) Review. An initiative of the WHO-Asia Pacific Observatory, HiTs feature leading trends in health reforms of individual countries.
Technical implementation began mid-October in Lilongwe, Malawi, for the GIZ-funded project 'Health System Strengthening with a Focus on Reproductive Health'. The 1.2M EUR project is within the framework of GIZ’s technical cooperation programme ‘Health System Strengthening with a Focus on Reproductive Health’ (2012 –2016) and will support the MoH with special emphasis on maternal and neonatal health.
A ceremony to celebrate two decades of Vietnam - European Union (EU) cooperation for improved health care was held in Hanoi on 16 November in the presence of Mr Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Vietnam’s Minister of Health.
In August 2015, the GIZ-funded Improving Maternal and Newborn Health project in Tanzania was launched. Focusing on the two Regions of Lindi and Mtwara, this 20-month module of the overall Tanzania German Programme to Support Health (TGPSH) aims to make a significant contribution to the improved availability of medical devices for emergency obstetric care and to an increase in the number of health care facilities that provide professional service and maintenance staff for medical equipment.
On September 18th 2015, the First Programme Implementation Workshop in the framework of the European Union - funded Health Sector Policy Support Program Phase II Programme was held by the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Finance of Viet Nam.
Initially rooted in collaborative venture among German development professionals and medical faculty of a leading higher education institution, EPOS has grown over the past 30 years to become a leading health management firm working globally to improve the quality and accessibility of health services and systems.
A Green Hospitals Concept Manual, highlighting best practice guidelines for management of hospital and health facility infrastructure, has been produced by EPOS within the parameters of the ‘Greening Hospitals Integrated Infrastructure Competence Project 2013-2015’ in Tajikistan, co-funded by EPOS, ETLog and GIZ.
Specialists from the Republican Blood Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as regional health experts and delegates from the Ministry of Health, visited German health institutions and transfusion centres in Frankfurt, Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden at the end of July.
The study tour was organised as part of the national specialist training program within the KfW-funded HIV/AIDS Prevention Program II (Safe Blood Transfusion) project being implemented by EPOS Health Management.
Hospital hand over ceremonies were held at the end of June for Hamadoni Central District Hospital and Farkhor Central District Hospital with participation of the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Minister of Health, the German Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, KfW representatives and local government officials.
The project «Technical Assistance to Support the Strengthening of the Health Information System in Tajikistan”, funded by the European Union, jointly with the UNDP “Rule of Law and Access of Justice Programme” conducted a study tour to the Republic of Moldova for the Delegation of 12 specialists from the Civil Registration Offices, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan headed by Mrs. Shahnoza Anvar Nodiri, Deputy Minister of Justice.
In response to an urgent request from the Yemen Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP), procurement of EUR 200,000 worth of medicine and consumables was recently organized and carried out by the project team of the European Union (EU) funded ‘Support for Effective Stewardship in the Yemeni Health Sector’ Project and Reproductive Health and Population Programme.
A two-day regional workshop on sustainable and green hospital infrastructure was carried out mid-April within the Greening Hospitals – Integrated Infrastructure Competence (GH-IIC) Project which has been implemented by two German consultancy companies, EPOS Health Management GmbH and ETLog Health GmbH. Hospitals have hazardous ecological footprints, due to their operations requiring high consumption of energy and water and generating hazardous healthcare waste. The greening hospital concept strives to reduce the potential negative environmental impacts and to minimize potential risks.
A project closure conference was recently held in Skopje for the EU-funded “Strengthening of the Blood Safety System” project which provided support to start implementing a Quality System in the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (NITM) of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Afgahn Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar, and Mr. Andreas Glossner, Political Counsellor at the German Embassy in Kabul, officially opened the newly refurbished and extended Regional Hospital in Kunduz on April 18th, funded by the German government through KfW Development Bank. Prior to the opening ceremony, a tour was held through the new premises.
The European Union funded project “Technical Assistance to Support the Strengthening of the Health Information System in Tajikistan” provided information on project implementation at the fifth Project Steering Committee meeting held in March.
Kunduz Regional Hospital conducted a full-scale mass casualty drill on April 16th with 250 people taking part. The drill was designed to test how ready and responsive the newly refurbished facilities will be in case of a severe emergency. The findings of the drill will be used to identify room for improvement and shortfalls in protocol and contingency plans for large-scale crisis responses.
An inception workshop was held recently in the Serena Hotel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for the KfW-funded ‘Mother and Child/Emergency Phase II-IV’ project in Tajikistan supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population (MoHSPP) in the implementation of mother and child health /emergency care services.
The ‘EU Facility Project’ in Vietnam aims to provide flexible and co-ordinated technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to achieve targets defined in the EU Health Sector Policy Support Programme 2 (HSPSP2).
An EPOS-initiated presentation and panel discussion on “Sustainable Health Facility Infrastructure in Developing and Transition Countries” took place at EPOS Headquarters in Bad Homburg on April 7, 2014. Representatives from donor agencies and leading development experts collectively acknowledged the growing importance of ‘Green Hospitals’ and the key role they play in impacting sustainability.
Thirty-two Afghan health professionals, including doctors, nurses, administrators and technicians from Northern Afghanistan Hospitals in Kunduz and Takhar as well as officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Kabul, participated in a hospital study tour from March 23rd to April 22nd in 2014.
In December 2013, EPOS was awarded the contract to Support Community Health Funds in Tanzania, which falls under the umbrella of the Tanzanian German Program to Support Health and its Health Financing and Social Health Protection intervention area. The project will run until February 2016 and will be implemented in two pilot regions: Lindi and Mtwara (southeast Tanzania).
Project launches were held in Malawi at the end of 2013 for two new EPOS-implemented projects: 1) Strengthening of the Malawian Health Management Information System (HMIS) at national and decentralized level (GIZ-funded); and 2) Strengthening of Quality Management (QM) Structures in the Malawian healthcare system with a focus on Reproductive Health (GIZ-funded).
The HMIS project supports the Malawi German Health Programme in the strengthening of evidence-based health information management within the Malawian healthcare system.
EPOS Health Management announced that Ms Inke Fabian de Barreto will take over the position of EPOS Managing Director from Dr. Robert Gaertner effective March 1, 2014.
EPOS was recently awarded the EU-funded 'Technical Assistance for Health Sector Reform' project in the Philippines, representing one of the largest EU interventions in Health Technical Assistance in Asia. The four year project will launch in November and brings together a strong team of international and local experts in the areas of policy and planning, financing, primary health, HMIS, HRD/HRM, institutional strengthening, essential medicines and pharmaceuticals.
A workshop to formally launch National Guidelines for Maternal Mortality Audit was conducted within the context of the Assistance to the Reproductive Health and Population Programme (RHPP) in the Republic of Yemen. In attendance was the Deputy Minister for Reproductive Health and Population Sector and development partners working on reproductive health. The guidelines were adopted by the MoPHP and also by development partners including USAID, UNICEF and WHO.
The President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, inaugurated the partly renovated and refurbished central district hospital in Yavan on November 12th.
A project closure conference for the European Union funded ‘Health Sector Support Program’ took place in Algiers on November 22nd in the presence of the Algerian Minister of Health and Bernard Segarra, the European Union Delegation official in Algeria. The conference highlighted project activities and achievements of the SIS.DZ with the Minister calling for the country to continue to extend the newly established hospital information system (HIS) to other university hospitals in Algeria.
Macedonia: EU-funded Strengthening and Standardisation of the Blood Safety System project succeeded in establishing internationally accepted blood transfusion quality standards.
The National Institute for Transfusion Medicine (NITM) is the major institution in Macedonia responsible for transfusion service and comprises of 3 regional centres and 18 hospital units. The existing variations in the use of blood and blood products between hospitals impose the need for implementing internationally accepted optimal standards defining quality in terms of appropriate use of blood resources.
Handover ceremonies of the twenty-room, three hundred square meter Gala Batur Basic Health Center took place on September 15th outside the village of Taloqan in Takhar Province, North Afghanistan. The $230,000 (USD) purpose-built Health Center was constructed over the past 16 months as part of the KfW funded ‘Rehabilitation of Hospitals in Northern Afghanistan’ project and replaces a former worn-out health structure.
EPOS commits itself to offering full circle hospital technical assistance, acknowledging the increased importance being accorded to factors such as the role of optimised hygiene in health care facilities, as well as the environmental footprint of health care infrastructures, in the form of ‘green’ hospitals.
EPOS received a certificate for outstanding contribution to the MCA-Mongolia Health Project on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Disease and Injuries (NCDIs). The certificate was received last week in Mongolia by Patrick Krause, EPOS Deputy Managing Director, during closure ceremonies overseen by the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Senior Advisor Cassandra Butts to celebrate overall successes of Mongolia’s $285 million compact with MCC.
The EU-funded project Technical Cooperation Programme to the Ministry of Public Health started mid-April in Afghanistan and will run for two years. Implemented by EPOS and Belgian consortium partner AEDES, the overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health to manage the provision of preventive and curative health services and the development of the Afghan public health system including financial and human resources as well as infrastructure and equipment.
"B" Fit, a workplace health initiative offering weekly personal fitness training sessions, kicked-off at EPOS' headquarter offices in Bad Homburg. Held after work and open to all EPOS staff, the weekly fitness sessions are run by an outside professional sports trainer certified in sports science and medicine, fitness training, back training and cardiac sports medicine. "B" Fit mixes strengthening, stretching, endurance and nutrition training in both on-site or local outdoor locations.
Foundation stone laying ceremonies took place in Peshawar, Pakistan, on September 9th marking the construction start of a EUR 400,000 world-class tuberculosis (TB) biosafety level 3 (BSL 3) laboratory as part of the KfW funded ‘TB Control Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ project. EPOS is leading the implementation of this project in consortium with GOPA Consultants.
In the course of 2012’s Christmas party, archery and a more or less traditional German dinner were on the agenda. Everyone enjoyed this unusual but nice get-together in Bad Homburg.
Tuberculosis Control Tajikistan and Pakistan - EPOS continued to support KfW-funded projects with the National Reference Hospital for Tuberculosis in Macheton, Tajikistan and was awarded the Tuberculosis Control Programme IV to support the rehabilitation of the Regional Reference Hospital for Tuberculosis in Sugd Oblast. In Pakistan, EPOS continued support to the Tuberculosis Control Programme in Kyber Pukhtunkwa.
Hospital Handover ceremonies took place in Afghanistan for the € 13 million reconstruction and upgrading of the Regional Hospital Mazar-e-Sharif within the framework of Afghan-German Cooperation to contribute to the peaceful development of Afghanistan.
Hospital Handover ceremonies took place in Indonesia for the Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital. The five year KfW funded project included infrastructure development, procurement of hospital equipment, development of waste management services as well as hospital capacity building training and services. Mediconsult partnered with EPOS.
In Niger, EPOS begins a feasibility study for the funding of a PBF project and in the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville, EPOS evaluates an initial PBF scheme. These projects highlight the relevance of EPOS’ health financing expertise - which already includes voucher insurance and community based insurance schemes.
In Afghanistan, EPOS successfully completed a project for the reconstruction of the main building (360 beds) of the Balkh hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif which was funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs through KfW. The Balkh hospital is the central hospital for 350,000 inhabitants and serves as a referral hospital for up to six million citizens in Northern Afghanistan.
EPOS was awarded an extension on the DFID funded “Procurement Oversight for Health Sector” project in Malawi.
The objective of the assignment was to provide procurement oversight for the Health SWAp and to support ODPP, in building its capacity in procurement oversight and monitoring for the Health Sector procurement systems, ensuring compliance with Government of Malawi (GoM) laws and procedures and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Health Sector Wide Approach (SWAp).
Asia Regional Health Sector Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Workshop took place in Kolkata, India. A PPP ‘best practices’ toolkit is created
A PPP Workshop, funded by KfW and hosted by the Government of West Bengal Department of Health and Family Welfare, was being held in India September 28-29.
Health professionals, policy makers and private sector representatives met to identify and analyse the strategic and competitive issues facing the three major PPP players (payer of the services, purchaser of the services and providers of the services) with special consideration as to how PPP initiatives impact efficiency of processes throughout the value chain.
The Tajikistan National Tuberculosis (TB) Referral Hospital in Macheton, after undergoing extensive infrastructure rehabilitation and state-of-the-art diagnosis re-equipment measures through the KfW-funded “Tuberculosis Control Programme” project, was handed over to the Ministry of Health.
Célestin Karamira, recipient of the 2010 EPOS Postgraduate Public Health Scholarship, completed his Masters Programme in International Health within the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Célestin, a Rwanda national, undertook core and advanced courses jointly at Université Bordeaux, Segalen, France and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Charité Universitatsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, and presented his thesis at Kononkliijk Institute voor de Tropen, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
EPOS Audit created to respond to the need of hospitals, rehabilitation centres and nursing homes to comply with statutory provisions during the preparation of annual financial statements.
EPOS Audit responds to the need of hospitals, rehabilitation centres and nursing homes to comply with statutory provisions during the preparation of annual financial statements. Additionally, auditing services encompass a variety of tasks in order to strengthen trust in the hospitals’ accounting system and figures.
Specific EPOS Audit services include:
€40 million EU-funded project to support China’s social security legislation and capacity building initiatives closed with success in July 2011
The five-year, €40 million EU-funded project to support China’s social security legislation and capacity building initiatives closed with success in July 2011. EPOS, along with partner organizations GOPA Consultants, Callund Consulting Ltd. and BBJ Consult, provided technical assistance to strengthen institutional capacity for social security policy implementation and administration.
Kyrgyzstan: HIV/ AIDS Prevention Programme II – Safe Blood Transfusion Kick-Off
EPOS in consortium with RRP ARCHITEKTEN+INGENIEURE and OMBA was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova
In the framework of the World Bank project “Health Services and Social Assistance Project” in Moldova, EPOS in consortium with RRP ARCHITEKTEN+INGENIEURE (Germany) and OMBA (Romania) was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova for Architectural - Engineering Consultancy Services to redevelop the main tertiary Republican Clinical Hospital in Chisinau.
Planning and Procurement of Medical and Non-Medical Equipment - Mubarak Al Hassawi Medical Complex (06/2010-06/2015)
Feasibility Study & Business Plan Preparation for Bawabat Al Sharq Hospital (11/2010-12/2010)
DRG Case Cost Calculation for Al Mafraq Hospital (12/2010-03/2011)
Comparison of MS-DRG 265, AICD Lead Procedures (FY 2009) and German G-DRG (2009) (08/2010 – 09/2010)
Assistance to the Planning, Establishment and Management of the Main Hospital - Mubarak Al Hassawi Medical Complex (01/2010-02/2010)
EPOS continues its diversification into innovative fields of health financing by the awarding of new contracts in Cambodia, Cameroon and China
- Vouchers for Reproductive Health Services Cambodia (Phase I) http://www.epos.de/projects/vouchers-reproductive-health-services-cambod...
- Promotion of Health Insurance Approaches http://www.epos.de/projects/promotion-health-insurance-approaches
EPOS celebrates its 25th Corporate Anniversary with a technical debate among distinguished development leaders examining how best to impact achievement of health-related Millennium Development goals. More than 250 international and local guests attended the event in Bad Homburg, Germany
Development of the Health Sector (SWAp) Programme - Reproductive Health Voucher Scheme (output based approach)
OBA (Output-based Approach) was an approach to improving health care, which was compatible with the 4 pillars of the GoK’s (Government of Kenya) vision for health care (health care for all Kenyans, reform of the NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund), GoK responsibility for the poor, establishment of a Health Benefits Regulatory Authority).
EPOS wins its first assignment with the US Donor MCC. A major contract on non-communicable diseases in Mongolia.
The project’s short term objective was to increase access to information and services about NCDIs, which enabled Mongolians to guard their health. The project’s long term objective was to increase the productive lives of Mongolians.
EPOS Health Management was required to provide the Pre-Feasibility Study & Market Analysis for the proposed MCC along with concept designs from RRP Architects & Engineers through a separate contract. The scope of this Pre-Feasibility Study and Market Analysis was to contribute to the initial development of the concept for the MCC.
EPOS introduces an ambitious Knowledge Management project in order to incorporate previous “lessons learnt” into future projects
Knowledge Management is the key philosophy on which we live, comprising a range of practices to identify, create, represent, and share knowledge for reuse, awareness, and learning, both internally as well as externally
EPOS strengthens its regional competence and presence in Balkan countries by the successful acquisition of projects in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia
Strengthening Public Health Institutes in Bosnia and Herzegovina (07/2009-07/2011)
Procurement Oversight for Health Sector (11/2009–07/2012)
EPOS acquires an initial JICA-funded project as sub-contractor to its Japanese partner SSC, in Afghanistan
Urban Health Strengthening Project (12/2009-08/2010)
During 2009, EPOS acquired three new projects in the area of Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), i.e. in Bangladesh financed by GTZ, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Tajikistan both funded by the EU. This strengthens our competence in an important technical area
EPOS successfully implements the largest EU funded health sector project in the Ukraine "Support to Secondary Health Care Reform" and develops recommendations for systematic reform of the health sector as a whole based on the best European practices. The approach is highly appreciated by MoH
EPOS successfully passes the ISO renewal audit and is certified according to the new standard ISO 9001:2008. This confirms EPOS' continued commitment to quality which is an integral part of the day-to-day work and underlines the company's competence in providing sound consulting services
Support to Syria's National Cancer Strategy: Feasibility Studies for the Aleppo and Homs Cancer Centres
The project aimed at providing technical support at three different levels so called a "Three Ones" principles: (i) one national coordinating authority, (ii) achievement of one national Anti-cancer policy with one time-bound and measurable strategy implementation plan, and (iii) one M&E and surveillance system.
The Health Telecommunications Assessment Technical Assistance Project was part of the Health Sector Project which aimed at strengthening the Lesotho health system including the communication network between health facilities and organisations.
EPOS is awarded the biggest ever European Union consultancy contract in China. The consortium EPOS, GOPA Consultants, Callund Consulting Ltd. and BBJ Consult is assisting the Chinese Government in its important Social Security Reform Programm.
EPOS signs a contract with a private Investor in Libya with the objective to commission the Libyan European Hospital and to manage it for five years (08/2007-11/2013)
Commissioning Services and Operational Management of the Libyan European Hospital in Benghazi, Libya
Assistance was provided towards the commissioning and operational management of the Libyan European Hospital (LEH) that was expected to open in autumn 2008. As first European private hospital project in Libya, objectives were to:
EPOS creates an Information Communication Technology Competence Centre (ICT) with the objective to improve appropriate health technology in developing countries. ICT is officially launched with the participation of WHO Geneva on December 10th in Bad Homburg
Launching of EPOS Health Consultants USA in Washington in order to directly access the important North American market (USAID, PEPFAR, MCC, Foundations). EPOS maintains a permanently staffed office with two public health specialists who are working in close cooperation with EPOS Germany and its other regional offices all over the world
EPOS held its 1st Forum on International Health Consultancy: the special focus was on the improvement of procurement of medical equipment and supply in projects and programmes of the German Financial and Technical Cooperation. Exchange of lessons learnt and best practices to optimise processes and outcomes with various participants from donors, industry, and also other consultants.
During the last few years, the Central Asian Countries have started implementing the DOTS Strategy in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO in order to bring the TB problem under control. Alternating conferences are planned as a platform for the Central Asian Countries to support the successful trans-boundary regional co-operation and coordination in order to tackle one of the main common health issues in this region: How to fight TB efficiently regarding treatment outcome and costs.
EPOS becomes one of the European market leaders in International Health Consultancy with 30 permanent staff in Germany, 150 qualified staff under contract world wide, 40 ongoing projects and 800 registered high calibre experts of over 50 nationalities
Major re-engineering of internal structures EPOS executed a major re-engineering of its internal structures: by introducing four technical competence areas instead of regional departments, EPOS aims at improving the quality of technical backstopping for project implementation processes as well as knowledge management. The four technical areas are: Health Policy and Financing, Integrated Primary Health Care, Health Facilities and Services, Financial Management.
EPOS goes regional by setting up regional offices/branches in India, China, and East and West Africa
EPOS now maintains four additional offices/branches in India, China, and East and West Africa in order to better address the Indian, Chinese, Eastern, and Western African markets.
EPOS applies high professional standards, a prerequisite for timely delivery of cost-effective and high quality services. EPOS is one of the few consulting companies in Europe to hold the ISO 9001:2008 certificate in quality management for programmes in the health sector.
The decision was taken to strengthen EPOS' presence in the German health care market with specific emphasis on quality of care, information technology and the introduction of hospital financing schemes (Diagnosis Related Groups - DRG). EPOS Beratungsgesellschaft was created
Picture: Ute Horn-Lemke, Robert Gaertner, Hans Otto, Erwin Munske, Dieudonnee Schweigart
1994 – 1998 EPOS becomes the German market leader for international development consulting in the health sector. Major growth in Eastern Europe and the “Commonwealth of Independent States” (former Soviet Union) as well as in Asia.
1990 - 1994 EPOS wins long-term projects in Pakistan and Indonesia for Hospital design, construction and management as well as the development of a national health maintenance system
Implementation of a Control System for Medical Equipment and Consumables in Hospitals (01/1992-08/1995)
The project objective was to provide conceptual advice and implementation support in the fields of: electrical safety; safety of use of selected technical equipment; information, registration and documentation services; administrative structures; organisational development; training of administrative staff and improving the control system for active medical devices in cooperation with a local partner.
1985 - 1990 EPOS builds up references in executing strategic, concept and operational studies for German hospitals and international health care delivery systems
EPOS builds up references in executing strategic, concept and operational studies for German hospitals and international health care delivery systems:
Burundi: Study on the Rehabilitation of the National Pharmaceutical Company ONAPHA of Burundi (09 - 10/1987)
Indonesia: Proposal for Rehabilitation of Hospitals in South Kalimantan (09/1989)
Kenya: Development of a Maintenance Strategy for Medical Equipment (01/1988 - 01/1989)
Sierra Leone: Supervision of the PCMH Hospital in Freetown (1989 – 1990)
GOPA Consultants and University Witten Herdecke set up EPOS as a joint venture in order to provide quality consultancy services to the German and International Health Care Market
EPOS was founded in 1985 as a private joint venture of GOPA and the Medical Faculty of the Private University of Witten-Herdecke in the legal form of a limited liability company. Through EPOS, special know-how of the Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated 8 hospitals (offering holistic treatment) should be spread not only in Germany, but especially in the context of the German and European development cooperation. The management was executed in the first 4 years by an employee of the University.