Who we are

The Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) is a Christian, not for profit, independent organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. We are committed to the provision of quality pharmaceutical services as a means to achieve global goals and targets on health and access to medicines. We are a Network with members from all over the world. The Network is run by our professional team at the secretariat in Nairobi and is overseen by a board of experts in our field of work.

 

Why we exist

Access to medicines and rational use of medicines is still a big problem, especially in low- and middle income countries. Healthcare in these countries is often provided by the churches, as the governments lack resources to provide healthcare to all. EPN mission and vision is to support these churches to provide just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services.

 

Where we work

Our Network spans 5 continents and 36 countries. EPN is a network of associations, institutions, and individuals who have an interest or are involved in the delivery of just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services. We implement our projects through our local members that are based at the grass root level, that know the local culture and communities so they can, with our support, make a real change.

 

What we do

EPN's strategy seeks to strengthen the church pharmaceutical sector and enhance interventions that improve people’s access to quality pharmaceutical services, informed by EPN’s experience of supporting church pharmaceutical system for over two decades. During 2016-2020 our strategic focus areas (programmes) are:

Under each programme we implement multiple projects. You can find more information about these specific project under each programme page.

An important role of EPN is to share information from and to our Network. Therefore multiple publications are into existence and our website contains a Centre of Excellence that contains information for all, health workers, policy makers, governments and other NGO’s.

 

Who support us

“Alone you can walk fast, together you can walk far” – African proverb.

Therefore we are very grateful for the support we receive from our Partners and Members, through financial and professional resources. If you are willing to support our Network as well you can join as our member or partner with us through donations and support.

Vision,Mision and Values

Our vision and mission guide what we do! They show our goal and how we work on reaching that goal.
The way we work is based on our values.

 

Our Vision
A valued global partner for just compassionate quality pharmaceutical services for all.

 

Our Mission
To support churches and church health systems provide just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services.

 

Our Values
EPN values have their basis in the teachings of Christ and the desire to uphold virtues that enhance the dignity of humankind.

  •     Integrity

         All our dealings and relationships are based on a high sense of integrity.

         Proverbs 16:13: Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.

 

  •     Compassion

         We are concerned about the needs of others and would like to imitate Christ by taking action to address these needs.

         Mark 6:34: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a

         shepherd. So  he began teaching them many things.

 

  •     Respect for others

         We treat each other with respect bearing in mind the Bible teaching to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

         Philippians 2:3: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

 

  •     Conscientiousness

         We aim at doing everything we have to do to the best of our ability and in such a way that it achieves the desired results.

         Ecclesiastes 2:24: A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.

 

  •     Continuous learning

         We use every opportunity to better ourselves through inquiry and learning.

         Proverbs 1:5: Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.

 

  •     Professionalism

         We maintain a high level of professionalism in all that we do.

         Romans 15:14: I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent

         to instruct one another.

 

  •     Fairness

         Justice and a sense of fairness underpin the choices we make as we go about our work.

         Leviticus 19:15: Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

History

About Us

From CMC...

The origin of EPN dates back to 1981 when the Christian Medical Commission (CMC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) decided to provide advice and consultation in the area of pharmaceutical services to church health programmes, particularly in Africa. The Commission with support of a steering committee, known as the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group (PAG) came together in Geneva to discuss issues related to pharmaceutical service delivery in Africa. They engaged a pharmaceutical adviser who over subsequent years provided technical assistance in the areas of medicine management and rational use of medicines in the different pharmaceutical programmes run by the churches, thus providing advocacy and strengthening church agencies in pharmaceutical management. In 1997, the Pharmaceutical Adviser was moved to Nairobi.

 

...to EPN

The group of Church based organizations that were being supported by the adviser agreed to become a Network in a meeting in Harare (Zimbabwe) soon thereafter resulting in the establishment of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network. Since the network was formed, membership has been open to Christian health associations, faith-based drug supply organizations, church health institutions and other related organizations and individuals. Currently, EPN has 93 members from over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. EPN was registered as a non government organization in Kenya in 2004. On 27th October, 2011 the Secretariat and Board invited partners, members and friends of the network for a breakfast celebration in Nairobi. This was an opportunity to meet and share stories, look back on the service and dedication of EPN and reflect on the work of the last 30 years.

Strategy

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Strategy foundations

The EPN strategy for 2016-2020 builds on the achievements of the previous strategy period while also addressing the factors that compromised success in the previous period. For example, EPN will review its approach to advocacy, investing more in campaigning in addition to lobbying. The organization will also tackle the issue of lack of skilled human resources in pharmaceutical services in Africa. The areas of EPN’s expertise can be used as entry points for addressing broader issues in pharmaceutical service delivery in churches. The ultimate goal is to support the achievement of higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness that benefit the patient. In order to more effectively fulfil its mandate, it is expected that EPN will need to redefine its institutional setup, while remaining a membership organization.


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Who we are

 Who we are

The Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) is a Christian, not for profit, independent organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. We are committed to the provision of quality pharmaceutical services as a means to achieve global goals and targets on health and access to medicines. We are a Network with members from all over the world. The Network is run by our professional team at the secretariat in Nairobi and is overseen by a board of experts in our field of work.

 

Why we exist

Access to medicines and rational use of medicines is still a big problem, especially in low- and middle income countries. Healthcare in these countries is often provided by the churches, as the governments lack resources to provide healthcare to all. EPN mission and vision is to support these churches to provide just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services.

 

Where we work

Our Network spans 5 continents and 36 countries. EPN is a network of associations, institutions, and individuals who have an interest or are involved in the delivery of just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services. We implement our projects through our local members that are based at the grass root level, that know the local culture and communities so they can, with our support, make a real change.

 

What we do

EPN's strategy seeks to strengthen the church pharmaceutical sector and enhance interventions that improve people’s access to quality pharmaceutical services, informed by EPN’s experience of supporting church pharmaceutical system for over two decades. During 2016-2020 our strategic focus areas (programmes) are:

Under each programme we implement multiple projects. You can find more information about these specific project under each programme page.

An important role of EPN is to share information from and to our Network. Therefore multiple publications are into existence and our website contains a Centre of Excellence that contains information for all, health workers, policy makers, governments and other NGO’s.

 

Who support us

“Alone you can walk fast, together you can walk far” – African proverb.

Therefore we are very grateful for the support we receive from our Partners and Members, through financial and professional resources. If you are willing to support our Network as well you can join as our member or partner with us through donations and support.

Vision,Mision and Values

Our vision and mission guide what we do! They show our goal and how we work on reaching that goal.
The way we work is based on our values.


 

Our Vision
A valued global partner for just compassionate quality pharmaceutical services for all.

 

Our Mission
To support churches and church health systems provide just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services.

 

Our Values
EPN values have their basis in the teachings of Christ and the desire to uphold virtues that enhance the dignity of humankind.

  •     Integrity

         All our dealings and relationships are based on a high sense of integrity.

         Proverbs 16:13: Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.

 

  •     Compassion

         We are concerned about the needs of others and would like to imitate Christ by taking action to address these needs.

         Mark 6:34: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a

         shepherd. So  he began teaching them many things.

 

  •     Respect for others

         We treat each other with respect bearing in mind the Bible teaching to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

         Philippians 2:3: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

 

  •     Conscientiousness

         We aim at doing everything we have to do to the best of our ability and in such a way that it achieves the desired results.

         Ecclesiastes 2:24: A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.

 

  •     Continuous learning

         We use every opportunity to better ourselves through inquiry and learning.

         Proverbs 1:5: Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.

 

  •     Professionalism

         We maintain a high level of professionalism in all that we do.

         Romans 15:14: I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent

         to instruct one another.

 

  •     Fairness

         Justice and a sense of fairness underpin the choices we make as we go about our work.

         Leviticus 19:15: Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

History

About Us

From CMC...

The origin of EPN dates back to 1981 when the Christian Medical Commission (CMC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) decided to provide advice and consultation in the area of pharmaceutical services to church health programmes, particularly in Africa. The Commission with support of a steering committee, known as the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group (PAG) came together in Geneva to discuss issues related to pharmaceutical service delivery in Africa. They engaged a pharmaceutical adviser who over subsequent years provided technical assistance in the areas of medicine management and rational use of medicines in the different pharmaceutical programmes run by the churches, thus providing advocacy and strengthening church agencies in pharmaceutical management. In 1997, the Pharmaceutical Adviser was moved to Nairobi.

 

...to EPN

The group of Church based organizations that were being supported by the adviser agreed to become a Network in a meeting in Harare (Zimbabwe) soon thereafter resulting in the establishment of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network. Since the network was formed, membership has been open to Christian health associations, faith-based drug supply organizations, church health institutions and other related organizations and individuals. Currently, EPN has 93 members from over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. EPN was registered as a non government organization in Kenya in 2004. On 27th October, 2011 the Secretariat and Board invited partners, members and friends of the network for a breakfast celebration in Nairobi. This was an opportunity to meet and share stories, look back on the service and dedication of EPN and reflect on the work of the last 30 years.

Strategy

 epn strategy

Strategy foundations

The EPN strategy for 2016-2020 builds on the achievements of the previous strategy period while also addressing the factors that compromised success in the previous period. For example, EPN will review its approach to advocacy, investing more in campaigning in addition to lobbying. The organization will also tackle the issue of lack of skilled human resources in pharmaceutical services in Africa. The areas of EPN’s expertise can be used as entry points for addressing broader issues in pharmaceutical service delivery in churches. The ultimate goal is to support the achievement of higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness that benefit the patient. In order to more effectively fulfil its mandate, it is expected that EPN will need to redefine its institutional setup, while remaining a membership organization.


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