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Expert in Epidemiology, Quantitative Research, Biostatistics, Infectious Diseases, Migration and Health

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South Africa
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Recent projects: I was the consultant for the malaria mid-term review (MTR) of the malaria elimination strategic plan 2012-2018 of South Africa. For that I conducted a document review; had meetings with the provincial and national malaria teams, and partnering organisations; and was actively involved in the external review week. I wrote the MTR report.

I developed a technical report on the epidemiological analysis of HIV in Nepal (HIV epidemic, HIV response, Recommendations for the strategic framework) that serves as input for the writing of a concept note for retrieving funding from the Global Fund. I have conducted similar work for WHO Mozambique, which besides an analysis of the HIV epidemic, also included a mid-term evaluation of the HIV and PMTCT strategy. And I also wrote the Epidemiological and impact analysis section (desk review) of the joint HIV and TB programme review 2013 for South Africa. (WHO) I wrote a report on the current status and future projections of the prevalence of osteoarthritis (knee, hip and hand) in the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK (7MM) using prevalence data from the literature and population numbers. And similar reports for the 7MM and/or China and/or Brazil on: Alzheimer's disease, acute coronary syndrome, age-related macular degeneration, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dyslipidemia, pulmonary hypertension. (Datamonitor Healthcare)

I provide supervision of two staff members from IHI to mentor them in the writing of scientific articles and presenting at scientific conferences. I also provided supportive supervision and peer feedback to staff from IHI (teaching skills as well as materials teaching a module on epidemiological research designs ). Furthermore, assisted with the development of a module on advanced epidemiology. (Ifakara Health Institute)

I wrote sections on HIV prevalence, male medical circumcision, TB notifications and mortality for the annual progress report on the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs. I also assisted with the writing of the national report on the National Health Care Facilities Audit that was conducted in 2011/12. The process included retrieving relevant data from the database and other sources, developing graphs and tables, and writing the accompanying narratives. (Health Systems Trust)

I made an online learning package on how to read case control studies and cohort studies. Each package included a summary of key readings on the respective study design, podcasts focusing on the most difficult topics, and a worked example of the assessment of an article using the specific design. (Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Stellenbosch University)

For a national project on the dynamics and incidence of child abuse, neglect and exploitation (in collaboration with the Department of Social Development) I reviewed and finalized the methodology including the data collection instrument. (Linkd Environmental Services)

Developed an online calculator that gives estimates for the need of HIV/AIDS, TB and NCD services for all provinces, districts and municipalities in South Africa. (Foundation for Professional Development)

Wrote the Annual Health Statistics Report 2011 and 2012 for the Ministry of Health of Swaziland, including analysing data from the routine data collection systems Swaziland and from surveys. (Institute for Health Management)

Provided support to a systematic review on trends in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of malaria treatment and prevention in Africa (e.g. identification of RCTs and the data extraction from the studies found, and writing up). (South African Cochrane Centre)

Doing the content management of the website of the Public Health Association of South A



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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2002   PhD   Epidemiology   VU University Medical Centre  
1998   MSc   Biomedical health sciences (epidemiology)   Radboud University Medical Centre   cum laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to







2007 to 2010


University of Venda


Public Health


senior lecturer


- Developing educational materials (e.g. block books including Problem Based Learning (PBL) as a teaching/learning method) for modules on epidemiology and biostatistics, and research methodology for Master of Public Health (MPH) students and teaching these modules (e.g. Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics, Research methodology (quantitative), Advanced epidemiology, Advanced biostatistics) - Supervising research projects of MPH students - Coordinating the MPH programme (responsible for the selection of students, contacts with students and staff, planning and practical organisation) - Revising the framework of the MPH programme (e.g. revising the structure, the blocks, and including PBL) - Conducting research projects e.g. in collaboration with the Malaria Control Programme in Tzaneen.

2006 to 2007


National Institute for Public Health and the Environment


Centre for Infectious Disease Control




Conducting research with respect to the national immunisation programme: - Evaluating a pilot project on the surveillance of rash illness (i.e. evaluating non-invasive diagnostic tests for measles, rubella and parvovirus B19). - Contributed to: de Melker HE. [The National Immunisation Programme now and in the future: developments in 2005]. Bilthoven: RIVM, 2006. And edited the report on 2006. - Worked on a needs assessment for the introduction of universal human papillomavirus vaccination.

2002 to 2006


VU University Medical Centre



post-doc researcher


Project manager of a survey on the prevalence of health problems and the utilisation of health care among more than 400 refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia living in 3 major municipalities and 14 reception centres in the Netherlands. Main responsibilities: 1. organising the study (including design, project planning, finance) 2. development of measurement instrument 3. recruitment of participants and coordination of the data collection 4. supervising the research team (consisting of 33 interviewers from Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia) and 1 research assistant) 5. developing and conducting interview training sessions 6. maintaining contacts with relevant partners in the field 7. data-analysis (SPSS) and reporting of the results in academic publications and a report 8. presentation of the results at (inter)national meetings 9. organising a conference meeting about the project

Career Accomplishments:

Member of the Public Health Association of South Africa. www.phasa.za.org

Publications and Patents Summary

She has 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - BMC Public Health  
 - Malaria Journal  
 - Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology  
 - Journal of Neurology  
 - Journal of the American Medical Association  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Writing a funding proposal for the Gates Foundation on the assessment of a comprehensive community prevention approach for HIV, TB, hypertension and diabetes, linked to a monitoring system for the occurrence of disease. (Ndlovu Care Group)
  • Analysing data on diarrhoea incidence in rural communities with or without water interventions in Limpopo Province. (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • Reviewing the methods for estimating indicators for health care use for HIV/AIDS. Continued consulting on the academic integrity of outputs of the COMPASS project. (Foundation for Professional Development)
  • Providing support to a systematic review (e.g. identification of RCTs and the data extraction from the studies found) on trends in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of malaria treatment and prevention in Africa. (South African Cochrane Centre)
  • Editor of an online-magazine (www.sacemaquarterly.com) in which articles are published relating to e.g. tuberculosis, HIV and statistical modelling, based on academic publications but re-written for a wider public (SACEMA Stellenbosch University).
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Dutch   mother language
English   work language

Additional Skills and Services:

Examples of courses that are offered by Expert's Firm: - Introduction to epidemiology - Advanced epidemiology - Introduction to biostatistics - Advanced biostatistics - Introduction to SPSS - Research proposal writing - Writing publications


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