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The Heidelberg Medical School (UKL-HD) is represented by two closely collaborating institutions.
The Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, has focused on quality and access to health care in low income countries, such as in Burkina, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Nepal, India, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Of the numerous EU projects, the MatCare (A. Jahn), MAMOP (R. Sauerborn), and Research to Policy (R. Sauerborn) projects have a direct bearing on the proposed research.
The Department Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology promotes all aspects of prophylactic, diagnostic, and therapeutic drug use. The Department is has several projects on optimisation of drug treatment in the African continent. It has developed a drug information system with computerized decision support which has been integrated in several university hospitals and outpatient networks.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn
MD, M.Sc.(Maternal & Child Health), MPH, Dr. P.H.
QUALMAT Principle InvestigatorRainer Sauerborn - Headed the Nouna health district from 1979 to 1982. A paediatrician, he trained at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was faculty member of the Harvard Institute for International Development (1990-6). Since 1996, he has been the director of the Dept. of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health (HD). His research focus is on improving the quality of and access to care in low income countries.
Prof. Dr.med. Walter E.Haefeli
WP 7 CDSS leaderWalter E. Häfeli - Internist and clinical pharmacologist involved for more than a decade in projects addressing infections (HIV, Malaria) in several African countries. He has a long-term experience in electronic decision support and drug information systems.
Dr. Rainer Külker
MD, MPH, Gynecologist
Expert Rainer Külker - Worked for over 14 years as technical adviser in African countries. He coordinated several unmet obstetric need studies in Tanzania and was involved in the development of an interactive computer tool for district health staff.
Dr. Hengjin Dong
MA, MPH, MD, PhD Health Economist
WP4 leader

Dr. Hengjin Dong - is the leader of the Junior Group of International Health Economics and Technology Assessment (JGiHETA), Heidelberg University.
Before joining Heidelberg University in December 2006 he was a senior research fellow at the Health Economics Research Group (HERG), Brunel University, UK (2004-2006), a post-doc and then a senior lecturer at the Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, Heidelberg University (2000-2004), a professor (1997-2000) and director of the Department of Hospital Management, a vice-director of the health technology research centre and a director assistant of the School of Public Health, Fudan University (former Shanghai Medical University, SMU) (1998-2000).
His background is in public health, community medicine, epidemiology, health economics, health management and health systems research.

Dr. Svetla Loukanova
QUALMAT Project ManagementSvetla Loukanova - graduated with Distinction as a Medical Doctor in 1994 from the High Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria. She has pursued a professional career path in the pharmaceutical industry, working for more than five years in Sales and Marketing Departments of Becton Dickinson and Aventis InterContinental in Bulgaria. In 2005 Dr. Loukanova obtained a Master degree in Health Care Management at the University of National and World Economics Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2007 she received PhD degree at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. 
Since May 2009 Svetla Loukanova is QUALMAT project manager and also a consultant at evaplan GmbH.She is a coordinator of a one year International Leadership Training on Social Security in Germany for professionals from Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines. Her professional activities include project coordination, curriculum development, training and tutoring. She has particular research interests in the health care systems with particular focus on better health care access, human resources and improvement of quality of services in maternal health care.
Jens Kaltschmidt
IT Specialist- CDSSJens Kaltschmidt - IT specialist and head of Medical Information Technology section at Internal Med. I. He has been working for 6 years on decision support systems. He developed an award-winning drug information system for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.
Angela HaefnerQUALMAT Financial ManagementAngela Häfner - worked for more than six years in different positions at the University of Heidelberg.
Currently she is in charge of the financial administration and human resources at the Institute of Public Health. She is managing the financial part of several projects from EU and other sponsors.
Helen Prytherch
PhD candidateHelen Prytherch - A Social Scientist (University of Cambridge, UK) and Registered Nurse has worked in the field of International Health for 11 years. She has worked clinically overseas in India and Bolivia before taking up a position in Tanzania for the German Technical Assistance (GTZ) and Capacity Building International, Germany (InWEnt) between 2002-2006. Whilst undertaking the Swiss Master of Public Health on an extra-occupational basis she worked as a project manager in the Reproductive Health and HIV & AIDS unit of the Swiss Tropical Institute. She has engaged in short-term consultancies in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean Region and in Europe for GTZ, InWEnt, the World Health Organisation, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) etc. Since January 2009 she works for evaplan GmbH International Health Consulting Group whilst undertaking her doctoral research in the frame of Work Package 5 of QUALMAT.
Yvonne MullinsMaster StudentYvonne Mullins - is currently completing her Masters in International Health at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She is a qualified Computer Scientist with over 13 years experience in the Information Technology business as a Software Engineer and Project Manager. She worked 11 years for Motorola as a Software Programmer and Project Manager. The last few years she has worked as a consultant Project Manager for GlaxoSmithKline and other large Pharmaceuticals She is also a qualified Nutritional Therapist, writing articles for an Irish National Health magazine and ran a small private clinic. As part of her Master's thesis, under the supervision of Rainer Sauerborn, she will work with the QualMat Team on (1) assessing the current information technology environment and (2) gathering data relevant to the requirement needs of the Health providers in Nouna with regard the planned QualMat tools. She will begin her research in May 2009 covering the maternity services of Nouna district hospital and six peripheral health centres."
Dr.med. Antje Blank,MD CDSSDr. med. Antje Blank -  A Medical doctor at the University Hospital of Heidelberg, Internal Medicine VI. She has worked in various fields of clinical research, conducting clinical studies in all phases in academic medicine as well as in industry. She has been responsible for the conduct of large international phase III mortality/ morbidity studies in the field of cardiovascular research. Currently she is interested in clinical phase I studies (first in men) as well as in systematic computer assisted support of processes in medical care.
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