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Barbara DeckerMedical Information Specialist/European Medical Information
WW BiopharmaceuticalBase/Location:Zurich, SwitzerlandNGO Partner:International Rescue CommitteeAssignment Location:Mae Hong Son, ThailandDuration:March 2010 – August 2010Fellowship Title:Medical Information Specialist/European Medical Information
Barbara has worked for Pfizer since September 2001 in various functions: as Drug Safety & Medical Information Officer, as Product Manager, and as a Clinical Research Project/Site Manager. Most recently she joined European Medical Information where she is responsible for Lipitor within the Primary Care hub, working on providing high-quality and consistent responses to customersý inquiries across Europe.
On her Fellowship with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Barbara will her background as a Pharmacist to assess and identify areas for improvement of the drug management systems in Burmese refugee camps around Mae Hong Son, Thailand. She will also work to ensure sustainable knowledge transfer within fluctuating health worker teams.
Barbaraýs motivation in applying for the GHF program was a desire to positively impact a resource-limited environment. She believes sheýll return from her assignment with enhanced creativity and leadership skills, a new perspective, and a greater understanding of the health care hurdles faced by the developing world.
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein to aid those fleeing Nazi oppression, the International Rescue Committee assists refugees and people uprooted by war, persecution, or natural disaster. Active in more than 40 countries, the IRC responds to the worldýs worst crises through the delivery of health care, nutrition, clean water, and shelter, the education of children and youth, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods.