Dr Egbert Sondorp MD MPH

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Conflict & Health



A medical doctor by training, I started my international health career as medical officer in Botswana. A MPH at Johns Hopkins University paved the way to become Medical Director with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Holland, followed by a period as Executive Director with HealthNet International, a NGO specialised in post-conflict health development. After a two year spell as public health consultant in Uganda I joined the School in 1999 as Senior Lecturer in Conflict & Health, with a focus on the evidence base of humanitarian aid, post-conflict health reconstruction and, more broadly, on health in fragile states. Currently honorary lecturer in Conflict and Health, next to an appointment at KIT (Royal Tropical Institute), Amsterdam, as Senior Health Advisor.




I am a tutor for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries. I am the organiser of the MSc Conflict and Health Study Module (5 weeks).

In addition, we run various advanced short courses related to complex emergencies


From its inception in 1999, the Conflict and Health Programme (C&H) focussed on the evidence base of humanitarian aid and post-conflict health reconstruction. In recent years, its remit has widened to encompass a broad range of issues related to health and fragile states. The key objective of the C&H Programme is to study health system strengthening in conflict, post-conflict and other fragile settings. This includes how to finance and structure health services, as well as how to overcome the constraints posed by poor governance. The C&H Programme has extensive knowledge of health reconstruction in all major post-conflict settings of the last two decades, including recent field based research in countries like Afghanistan, South Sudan, Liberia and Somalia.

The C&H Programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon the fields of health policy and finance, epidemiology, control of infectious diseases, mental health, peace-building and international relations. It collaborates with a range of practitioners, including NGOs, UN agencies, and various Ministries of Health.

Research areas

  • Conflict
  • Health policy
  • Health sector development
  • Health systems
  • Primary care
  • Violence


  • Medicine
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis


  • Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Community Health Workers
  • Fragile States
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
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