Press release: Diaverum enters Macedonia by acquiring PZU Diamed Macedonia

Diaverum enters the Macedonian market through the acquisition of PZU Diamed Macedonia. PZU Diamed Macedonia operates 9 dialysis centres since 2014, after being awarded one of two lots in a national public tender. The tender has a duration of 20 years and will last until 2034.

Macedonia is facing many challenges due to high levels of chronic diseases among the population which put a strain on the healthcare system. 9 percent of the population has diabetes and the prevalence rate of overweight is 54 percent. Among individuals above 18 years, 22 percent suffer from obesity and the prevalence rate of hypertension is 40 percent. Diabetes and hypertension are both major risk factors for the development of kidney disease.

diaverum enters macedonia by acquiring pzu diamed macedonia
In the picture from left: Boris Zjacic, Vera Ivanova and Dag Andersson 

“Diaverum has over 25 years’ experience of successfully treating patients who suffer from renal disease as well as working with preventive care to stop the progression of kidney disease. Both the patients, staff and payers will benefit from Diaverum’s high standards of clinical excellence, world -class training and education programmes and a patient-first approach,” said Boris Zjacic, Senior Vice President and Head of Area East at Diaverum.

“We are delighted that Mrs Vera Ivanova, the former owner of PZU Diamed Macedonia, will stay on as a Country Manager for Diaverum in Macedonia,“ Boris Zjacic continued. “Diaverum brings a lot of experience and international knowledge to the table and I am convinced we can make a real difference for the patients in Macedonia.”

"It was imperative for me to choose an international company which has a clear patient focus as well as a solid understanding of the local culture. I wanted a company that is able and willing to take what I have created and move it to the next level. This means improving quality standards for the patients as well as providing the employees with more opportunities to grow within the organisation. I also see  an untapped potential in Diaverum partnering with Ministry of Health in the other areas such as transplantation, education and management of other diseases of renal patients,“ said Mrs Vera Ivanova, Country Manager Diaverum Macedonia.

“It is the right momentum to enter Macedonia and this acquisition signals our commitment to the Macedonian market. It is a unique opportunity for us to establish a local presence in Macedonia, as a possible platform for potential further expansion in the Balkan region,” said Dag Andersson, CEO Diaverum.