Hilbrand web2Hilbrand was born in 1954, and grew up in Loppersum, a small rural village in Groningen. He first studied electro-technical engineering, but after graduation switched to Medical School in Groningen, where he graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1986. He developed a keen interest in health in developing countries, and accepted a two-year house-officer job in obstetrics, gynaecology and surgery in Geleen, followed by the National Training for Tropical Doctors at the Royal Tropical Institute in 1988.

But rather than pursue a clinical career as a tropical doctor, he accepted a public health post with PAHO in Peru, and later at WHO headquarters in Geneva, where he worked on control of diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases from 1989-1992. In this time he published several articles about essential medicines, including a study on the ‘Ration kits’ in East Africa. Hilbrand then went to Harvard where he obtained his MPH in 1993.

He moved to Yogyakarta (Indonesia) from where he started accepting public health consultancies. In 1995 he joined Consultants for Health and Development (CHD), a multidisciplinary consultancy group in Amsterdam. In 1997 Hilbrand became Director of CHD, and moved to Leiden. CHD grew, and in 2009 he and his wife, Aryanti Radyowijati converted CHD into ResultsinHealth, a consultancy group in International Public Health (http://www.resultsinhealth.org/), where he remained CEO until his death.

For 25 years Hilbrand performed consultancies in developing countries on Procurement-Supply-Management, essential medicines, anti-microbial resistance, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal, new-born and child health. Rational use of medicines was one of his passions: he attended and presented at all three ICIUM conferences (1997, 2004 and 2011). He published on both how to promote good use of medicines, and how to fight irrational use of medicines. He published in the Lancet, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy & Planning on anthropological observations of medicines use, on how to promote antibiotic use and an evaluation of the ‘ration kit’ system. He was also co-author of many WHO publications on anti-diarrhoeal, malaria and mental health medicines, and was chief editor of the chapter of ‘miscellaneous drugs’ in Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs.

Hilbrand also did non-profit work: he has been E-drug moderator since the start in 1995, was several years in the Foundation Board of Stichting Health Action International, in Amsterdam and he was active in several communities and groups in International public Health.

After being sick for 2 years,  Hilbrand passed away on 26 January 2018 in Leiden and is survived by his wife Aryanti, and his children Alexander and Jessica. Hilbrand will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends at ResultsinHealth and the global essential medicines community. ResultsinHealth continues to operate under the leadership of Aryanti.