2019 Year End

Friday, December 13, 2019

This past year 2019 was a successful year for EPOS, enabling us to make significant contributions to tackle some of the most critical health issues in developing countries. Our work has been successful due to strong partnerships among our network of highly qualified international and local health experts and through solid collaboration with development agencies, governments, health ministries and local healthcare providers, all striving towards jointly delivering healthcare services and programmes that improve people’s lives every day.

We have also taken steps throughout the past year to ensure that our projects meet the challenges that the future will bring.

This includes developing expertise in digital tools and processes and engaging with very dedicated partners in artificial intelligence, telemedicine and electronic medical records to provide pragmatic and cost efficient solutions to patients even in remote areas

We have ensured that systematic knowledge management is an essential part of our project implementation strategy and are actively engaged in knowledge transfer at local and international healthcare events and through teaching partnerships, building strong partnerships for research and implementation.

We continue to implement projects in fragile or conflict-afflicted regions, responding to the rise over the past decade of the world’s population that live in areas where weakened health services and infrastructure leave people without access to basic health care.

We have continued to assist public health ministries in developing countries in their steps towards universal health care coverage, so that governments can better respond to the growing health burdens of aging populations and non-communicable diseases while striving to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are truly grateful for the strong partnerships and dedicated people who have made this amazing work possible over the past year.  Thank you all! We have learned a lot together!

We know that you are all doing great work on the ground. Help us to jointly further improve, and contribute in sharing your tools and knowledge with us through LinkedIn, Facebook or ! Let us make 2020 a year of even more intense communication and exchange!

We wish you a peaceful ending to this year and a very good and healthy 2020, and look forward to continue our successful collaboration in the New Year!

For full information on our work – please continue reading below

EPOS Develops Digital Tools & Processes for Innovation

Technologies like telemedicine, electronic medical records (EMR), artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality help getting health care services to patients where and when they need it – providing lower cost and readily available services while improving patient outcomes. We are establishing in Vietnam a telemedicine platform with six provincial, regional and district hospitals, in a KfW-funded project. This platform is expected to have a significant impact on the region’s health outcomes and provide access to health services across a wider geographic region.

In Afghanistan, our feasibility study in telemedicine for KfW looked at horizontal and vertical integration of existing tele-medicine services and their expansion in order to enhance mother and child health in the region. In Tajikistan, we have been supporting the government since 2012 on its mission to move from paper-based to an electronic civil registration system with a UNDP contract for the ‘Maintenance of Basic CRO Information Parameters’, creating e.g. electronic documents with e-signatures.

EPOS developed with partners a proof of concept for an AI algorithm which supports diagnosis of breast cancer on basis of cytological images of real patients in Afghanistan, making up for the huge lack of specialist doctors in the country, linking it with the EMR tool MyCare2x which can be integrated with health management information systems, telemedicine and diagnostic tools.

Together, we organized a digital health round table at EPOS in January to create an alliance for digitalization in health, bringing together experts, universities, businesses and consultancies aimed at facilitating integrated, yet affordable healthcare digitalized solutions. Outcomes of the roundtable were presented in the International Digital Health Symposium in New Delhi.

We engaged with Siemens Healthineers and MyCare2x in the areas of e-health, telemedicine, electronic medical records and artificial intelligence as well as in hospital management and medical equipment maintenance, and are an active member of the German Health Alliance (GHA). We are looking forward to elaborate on our services and products jointly with our partners to respond to 2020 digital challenges in the health sector and beyond.

Knowledge Management and Transfer towards Excellence

EPOS aims at bridging industry, research and development cooperation in healthcare to bring future trends with concrete interventions into our projects for the benefit of the patients and populations.

We engaged in numerous professional exchanges in summits, symposia and technical events and shared our health expertise with leading organisations and researchers on current trends in healthcare and health systems development.

Our contributions included for example the World Health Summit, conferences in Rwanda and Kenya on health protection and health insurance, professional exchanges at Akkon Hochschule for Human Science, especially in health research and management, the International Conference on ‘People-First’ PPPs in the Health Sector which examined ways of private sector engagement in achieving the SDGs.

EPOS joined the Paris Health Care Week organized by the Federation Hospitalière de France and participated in a number of events on digitalization and to meet young startups and leading biomedical firms. EPOS held lectures at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and Technische Universität Braunschweig, specializing on healthcare architecture, planning and design.

We continued collaboration with the University of Heidelberg in the areas of Quality Management and clinical trainings for mother and child health and opened collaboration with other European University hospitals.

Working in Fragile or Conflict-afflicted Regions – Supporting Vulnerable Populations to Improve Access to Health

Since 2015, Yemen has a severely disrupted health system and significantly reduced capacity to provide health services to Yemeni people. The European Union-funded ‘Supporting Inclusive Access to Health Services’ project that EPOS is implementing supports mental health and psychosocial services integration as part of public health care, with a focus on most vulnerable groups affected by the war. In Iraq, our Health Infrastructure team conducted a field study and formulated a feasibility study on rehabilitating war-affected health facilities, closely collaborating with Ministry counterparts and KfW representatives. In Lebanon, our technical team provides an independent assessment of current and past performance of support programmes implemented for vulnerable groups, the ‘Third Party Monitoring of the Health Programme for Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Lebanese Population’ (European Union-funded).

Universal Healthcare Coverage – Supporting Transformation and Improved Services and Capacities

In Tunisia, EPOS kicked off a large European Union-funded intervention on “Essaha Aziza” which supports the Ministry of Health in modernizing primary care services with a focus on improving quality performance, management and local governance, together with our partners.  In Pakistan, our teams continue to assist the Government of Pakistan since 2010 in implementing its Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (KfW funded), constructing and equipping 15 regional blood centers and furnishing more than 80 hospital blood banks with blood transfusion equipment and building capacities of the staff. These reform measures are particularly benefitting low income groups in both rural and urban areas and the supply of safe blood to both public and private health facilities.

We are also engaged in Turkey to improve the blood transfusion system (European Union-funded). In Sierra Leone, we are assisting in capacity development targeting the Health Financing Unit of the Ministry of Health and pilot districts.  In Kenya, our technical team delivered a ‘One Health’ Pandemic preparedness training course in the context of the GIZ-funded project on improving pandemic preparedness in Eastern Africa, and co-organised a massive regional simulation exercise.

Climate Change and Environment

EPOS is also committed to increasing its ‘go green’ initiatives, as we are aware of the stress climate change will create on public health and healthcare systems.  While part of ÖKOPROFIT®, EPOS staff and teams engage to increase environmental initiatives to further reduce waste, save energy and resources as well as raise awareness and positive actions in the projects we implement. We have appointed key staff to spear-head additional green initiatives and will post our progress throughout 2020. 

We again are truly grateful for the strong partnerships and dedicated people who have made this amazing work possible over the past year. Thank you all! We have learned a lot together and look forward to working together in the New Year 2020!