Wim Van Damme
- Keywords (Vrije Universiteit Brussel):Social medicine, public health and health care sciences
- Disciplines (Vrije Universiteit Brussel):Community child health, Elderly care, Health and community services, Primary health care
- Users of research expertise
(Institute of Tropical Medicine):
I am a professor in Public Health, with focus on International Health Policies, esp. donor policies in fragile states. Teaching public health in MPH: national health system and health policy. PhD on refugee health (Guinea). Advisor to Belgian Development Cooperation on issues related to international health policies.
Research areas: Human resource policies, in relation to ART scale-up (Cambodia, Southern Africa); delivery models of ART (Cambodia, Mozambique, Ethiopia) and diabetes (as chronic lifelong-conditions); Global Health Initiatives and global health policies; relation between disease control programs & health systems strengthening; refugee health; Financial access for the poor (especially Health Equity Funds in Cambodia); malaria treatment in Cambodia.
Guidance of PhD students at ITM-Antwerp, Free University Brussels and University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
Coordinator of the Emerging Voices 4 Global Health training and network (www.ev4gh.net), organised since 2010, in connection with the Global Symposia on Health Systems Research (2010 Montreux, 2012 Beijing, 2014 Cape Town, 2016 Vancouver).
Education: MD, DTMH, MPH, PhD
Professional experience: 10 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Peru, Sudan, Guinea & Cambodia. 20 years at Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp.
Principal investigator of m research projects: Health systems and access for the poor, Cambodia & China (INCO-PovIll); Impact of AIDS on health systems in Southern Africa, especially on human resources for health (INCO-ARVMAC); Impact of new international funding mechanisms on national health policies (INCO-GHIs); Goals & Governance for Health (GO4health).
Member of TERG of Global Fund (2008-2015).
SARChI chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change at School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa (January 2013 - December 2015).
Lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences-Po, concentration global health, module on health systems and health systems strengthening.