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World Medicine Crisis: What are possible solutions?

09-11-2015 at 20:00 - 22:00


In this lecture, organized by UAEM from IFSMSA and SIB-Groningen, Wilbert Bannenberg will answer this question with the examples of hepatitis C in Mongolia and HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Both diseases pose a serious threat in these countries specifically.

Wilbert Bannenberg MD, MPH, M.Sc. is a pharmaceutical systems expert whose focus lies on access to essential medicines and programs against malaria and HIV/AIDS. Between 1996 and 2000 he co-coordinated the South African Drug Action Programme in assisting the South African government with the implementation of their national drug policy. Before that he was sent on over 50 missions to developing countries by for example the World Bank, the EU, the Consultants for Health and Development in the Netherlands, and the UK Department for International Development. Bannenberg recently returned from Mongolia, the country where 10-15 percent of the population is infected with hepatitis, where he advised the government on how to counter this endemic disease. Using his experience from both countries and his wide expertise in essential medicines, Bannenberg will draw a conclusion on how to solve crises about essential medicines.

Two organizations are cooperating for this event: SIB-Groningen and UAEM from IFMSA. Please find more information below.

SIB-Groningen is an international student association that organizes weekly lectures within the broad field of international relations, hosts drinks and parties and plans several international trips per year. All students (university or applied sciences) can join the SIB, regardless of where you come from or what you study. Check out the rest of this website for more info!

IFMSA-Groningen is a non-profit organization with approximately 100 active medical students who volunteer to improve global health and thus develop into doctors who dare to look beyond their own borders. UAEM is a committee of IFMSA-Groningen , which consists of university students who believe that universities have an opportunity and a responsibility to improve global access to public health goods. They’ve committed themselves to improve the access to medicines and healthcare worldwide. Please go to or to find out more!

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20:00 - 22:00
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Juul Oosterhuis, Commissioner for Intellectual Activities


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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