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Construction of a factory for generic medicine with DHL

As a market leader for international logistics, the company DPWN (Deutsche Post World Net) offers all types of shipping services: from the parcel service through courier services to freight and contract logistics. In 2004 a new service was introduced by the subsidiary DHL, the “Worldwide Medical Express Service” (WMX). Its aim is to provide customers with a service that is tailored to the needs of the health care sector.

More than 20 years of war and the associated social and economic decline have left their mark in Afghanistan. Especially in the medical care sector prevail catastrophic conditions. A sustainable supply of medication is highly dependent on the support of the international donor community. The majority of pharmaceutical remedies is imported for this purpose, the least of which, however, in a legally sound manner. Furthermore, due to the lack of government monitoring many imported pharmaceutical products are placebos. Particularly the poor part of the population and remotely located regions suffer from this malpractice.

The aim of the PPP-Project is the construction of a factory that produces high-quality medicines in the generics area to provide them to the local population in need.

WiN=WiN effects

Through the PPP-Project sustainable access to affordable medicines of high quality standard can be ensured. A local production allows a cost-conscious provision and distribution throughout the settlement area. A significant improvement of the Afghan health system is expected. In addition, jobs are created and knowledge transfer in the field of manufacturing and production of generic drugs takes place.

The company Deutsche Post World Net, as well as its subsidiary DHL, improves its access to the Afghan market. The pilot project builds trust between the local population and foreign investors, and
thus also opens doors for future investments. Furthermore it complements DPWN’s service network and serves as a prestigious figurehead for marketing purposes.

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