I'm a pharmacist from the Netherlands with 25 years of hands-on experience in pharmaceutical and medical supply management in developing countries.
From 1993 to 1997, I worked 4 years at Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka, Zambia training pharmacists, then relocated to Uganda (1997-2001) where I helped with the set up of a large pharmaceutical warehouse and did the forecasting, procurement and logistics for Joint Medical Store, a local NGO supplying medicines to hospitals and projects in Uganda and surrounding countries.
In 2001, I came back to Holland to work at IDA Foundation, the world’s largest not-for-profit wholesaler of essential medicines for low and middle income countries.
In 2004, I established Phasuma, a consultancy specialised in Pharmaceutical Supply Management (hence the name). Since then, I am a regular consultant working for international organisations like
During more than 150 international consultancy missions to more than 30 countries, I have worked with hundreds of health workers, logisticians, legislators, finance people and politicians from all kinds of cultural backgrounds and have learned a lot from these people. I learned that often improvements can be made with relatively simple and low-cost interventions. But I also realised that a lot of the skills and tricks that work best were never taught in Medical or Pharmacy school and neither were they covered in the MBA.
In this course you will learn many of these techniques and it is my sincere aim to inspire you to use them to further improve your own program.Often times they are common-sense concepts and tricks which once seen can never be forgotten.
I hope you will find this course inspiring and that it will help you improving people’s access to medicines!
Pharmacist with master’s degree in business management and more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical procurement and supply consultancy for developing countries. Regular pharmaceutical supply management consultant for WHO, UNOPS, UNFPA, the Global Fund and PwC. Completed more than 150 international consultancies.
Key areas of expertise
Professional country experience