Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde Antwerpen
Van Olmen
Dienst Gezondheidszorgorganisatie

Josefien van Olmen, MD, MPH works as a Health Systems Scientist at the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. She has worked in East Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and the Netherlands, in clinical and in public health. Her areas of expertise are Health Systems Analysis & Strengthening, Organisation of Care for Chronic Diseases, Health Service Delivery, and Methodology for Evaluation of Complex Interventions. Her main present activities are the coordination of a network on Health Systems ( and research on the quality and access to care for diabetes patients in Kinshasa. She is also involved in teaching and coaching of students in the MPH and short course on health policy.

  • Health systems development
  • Health service delivery
  • Organisation of care for chronic diseases
  • Geographical Experience: East-Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Belgium, Netherlands.
  • Network on International Health Policy & Health Systems: disseminate informations, share views and develop knowledge, evidence and expertise on Health Systems Strengthening in Low and Middle Income Countries.
  • Developing and assisting in research projects on care for chronic diseases in Cambodia, Congo, Philippines and Morocco.
  • Improving Access To Quality Care for People Living with Diabetes in Kinshasa, Congo.
  • Developing methodology for evaluation of complex interventions
  • Short Course in Health Policy, Master of Health Systems Management & Policy: Health Systems & Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Coaching: MPH thesis, Central Assignments Short Course
  • Russell E, Johnson B, Larsen H, Novilla ML, van Olmen J, Swanson RC. Health systems in context: a systematic review of the integration of the social determinants of health within health systems frameworks. Rev Panam Salud Publica 2013; 34 (6): 461-467.
  • van Olmen J, Ku GM, Van Pelt M, Kalobu JC, Hen H, Darras C, Van Acker K, Villaraza B, Schellevis F, Kegels G. The effectiveness of text messages support for diabetes self-management: protocol of the TEXT4DSM study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia and the Philippines. BMC Public Health 2013; 13 (423): 1-9.
  • Ridde V, Robert E, Guichard A, Blaise P, van Olmen J. Théorie et pratique de l'approche Realist pour l'évaluation des programmes. In: Ridde V, Dagenais C, editors. Approches et pratiques en évaluation de programmes, nouvelle edition revue et augmentée. Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal; 2012. p. 255-275.
  • van Olmen J, Schellevis F, Van Damme W, Kegels G, Rasschaert F. Management of chronic diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: cross-fertilisation between HIV/AIDS and diabetes care. J Trop Med 2012; 349312 : 1-10.
  • Ridde V, Robert E, Guichard A, Blaise P, van Olmen J. L'approche Realist à l'épreuve du réel de l'évaluation des programmes. Can J Program Eval 2012; 26 (3): 37-59.

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