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Wim Van Damme

  • 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.