Training of pharmaceutical/medical-technical assistants in Burundi

Partnership objective

Improve excellence and total number of trained staff, expand school activities, and create new jobs in the health sector by supporting the local production.

The program supports the training of pharmaceutical-technical assistants through a specific four-year course at the École Polyvalente Carolus Magnus (EPCM) in the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura. The program supports the training of pharmaceutical-technical assistants through a specific four-year course at the École Polyvalente Carolus Magnus (EPCM) in the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura. Copyright Photo credits: Boehringer Ingelheim

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Since 2008, Boehringer Ingelheim supports the training of pharmaceutical/medical-technical assistants at the École Polyvalente Carolus Magnus (EPCM) in the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura. A specific four year training enables students to pass the A2 diploma for pharmaceutical/medical-technical assistants. For practical training within this program, the school is equipped with several laboratories.

The diploma is officially acknowledged by the Burundi government and qualifies students for higher education in connection with a governmental A-level exam. All teachers and trainers at EPCM are locals — those in the pharmaceutical/medical technical section were trained in GMP seminars, and those in chemistry trained through an internship at a BI production plant in Ingelheim in 2013.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

The school operates with great success: nearly all EPCM students found employment in Burundi after graduation from the school. Due to its popularity, an expansion for around 500 places is planned.

The second part of the project will involve the setup of a local production plant (‘Burundipharm’) in terms of a social enterprise in order to secure availability of essential medicines in the country. This will also provide additional opportunities for employment of EPCM graduates.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) Fondation Stamm, Human Help Network, Senior Expert Service (SES)

Type of Partner(s) NGOs, Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Scientific Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Burundi

Start Date 2008

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Anticipated completion date Ongoing