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DEMMA was preliminary founded in 1991 by Dr. Paul Mulkens ENT specialist in Assen, capital of the province of Drenthe, who by chance visited Moscow as a member of a Red Cross delegation from the Dutch province of  Drenthe. The official foundation was raised afterwards in 1996 (see page: Statutes). Dr. Georgy Maltsin, health care counsellor of  Moscow Oblast (Province), became in 1991 the founder and first partner  from Russian side in close presence of  Dr. Irina Lapina, head of policlinic no.V in Mytishchy (Moscow  province). Agreements of Collaboration signed and reconfirmed in 1995, 1997 and recently in 2009.

Founder NL

Dr. Paul Mulkens

Founder RU,

Dr. Georgy Maltsin

DEMMA is a non-profit organisation and initiates and promotes mutual exchanges of medical professionals between Mytishchy and Drenthe and stimulates education in the English language prior to the actual exchange. DEMMA programmes are in a format of projects of short time duration. Initially the medical exchange programmes were exclusively aimed at the regional  Mytishchy hospital together with hospitals in Drenthe (Emmen and Assen). Nowadays the scope has been widened in the town of Mytischy region with the federal  medical Erismani institute. The organisation in Mytishchy has been matured in an independent DEMMA-M with chairman , secretary and other officers. A detailed list of active participants in both Drenthe and in Mytishchy as well has been provided in pages:  Organisation, Annual reports  and/or About Mytishchy.

Center Mytishchy gorod, 2012


DEMMA could learn about large differences between the health care systems in Russia and in the Netherlands. Not only in the way of financing, but certainly also in the approach of organisation and  medical systems. Methods of treatment also differ considerably. The objective of DEMMA foundation is to improve the mutual understanding between Russian and Dutch Physicians and other Medical Professionals. Such understanding occurs through intensive programmes of exchange. A good insight into each others differences will not only lead to a better appreciation, but will also contribute to improving the quality of health care, both in Russia and in the Netherlands.

Drenthe provincial museum in province capital Assen, 2005


The DEMMA group mainly exists out of medical doctors from Drenthe. The DEMMA administration still has the same chairman since 1994 and from 1994 up to the end of 2012 the secretary (at both sides) as well. In 2013 DEMMA welcomed the new secretary (see page: Organisation). Many exchanges of a variety of physicians, medical specialists and medical managers have taken place since. Recently in 2012 also the young generation –medical students-  did involve. So DEMMA keeps on going heading to the future.