I joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the end of 1990. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the Health Policy and Financing Unit, Department of Public Health. My main areas of work are the study of health care delivery systems and of systems of social protection in health in low-and middle income countries. In ITM’s Masters courses, I am in charge of (sections of) the module on health services organization. I am involved in coaching a number of action-research projects in the field of health care delivery at district level in Benin and DRCongo. I am also responsible for streamlining the institutional collaborations ITM has developed with sister academic institutions in DRCongo (School of Public Health in Lubumbashi), India (Institute of Public Health in Bangalore) and Uganda (Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala).
- 1974-1981: Trained as a Medical Doctor at the Catholic University of Louvain (KUL 1981). I obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at ITM in the same year.
- October 1981- September 1982: 1 year as a resident assistant consultant in the department of Internal Medicine of the Stuyvenberg Hospital in Antwerp. From October 1982 to April 1983 I worked as a General Practitioner in the greater Antwerp region.
- May 1983- July 1990: Medical Officer in Kasongo and Bwamanda (Zaire) for the Belgian Technical Cooperation. I interrupted my stay in Zaire for one year to obtain a Master of Science degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHSTM).
- I joined ITM at the end of 1990 and obtained my PhD in 1998.