Distance Learning Lecturer
Conflict & Health
After completing an undergraduate degree in Nursing in the USA, I worked in the Dutch health system and for MSF for several years. I completed an MSc (PHDC) and a PhD at LSHTM. After completing my PhD I spent 2 1/2 years in Afghanistan, where I organised and taught the "Afghan Public Health Course" to senior MoPH staff through an EC-funded project for LSHTM. I have done consultancies for Save the Children, Merlin, MSF, GRM, World Vision, Epos and WHO.
In November 2010 I started a job with the Education section of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, co-organising one of their MSc programmes. For LSHTM I helped develop the Conflict & Health Distance Learning module, on which I continue to teach.
My main interests lie in the control of malaria and infectious diseases as well as in health systems strengthening, especially in fragile states.
Since 2002 I have been involved in organising, facilitating and teaching a wide variety of teaching modules and short courses at LSHTM and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), including face-to-face, online, and blended learning modes. I have also organized and taught short courses for humanitarian agencies and developed tailor-made training programmes for ministries of health in fragile states and on behalf of academic institutions.
I worked as the Distance Learning Tutor Coordinator for the MSc Public Health/Health Services Management at LSHTM from 2009-2010.
I developed the "Conflict & Health" Distance Learning module on behalf of the Faculty of Public Health Policy, and have been involved in teaching it since 2012.
The title of my PhD thesis was "The determinants of malaria transmission in the US between 1900 and 1945". The research focused on the association between climate, climate cycles, economic cycles and epidemic cycles of malaria in the historical US. I continued some of this work with the support of Mercedes Pascual's group at the University of Michigan.
Research projects I was involved in in Afghanistan include
- an RCT on vitamin D supplementation and Pneumonia in infants
- Quality of record-keeping in Malalai Maternity Hospital (supported by U of Aberdeen, U of Birmingham, WHO Afghanistan, MoPH Afghanistan)
- The role the Afghan Parliamentarians perceive they have in health services provision in Afghanistan (Johns Hopkins University)
- Qualitative research on financing for reproductive health care in Afghanistan (LSHTM)
- Third Party Evaluation of the public health system for MoPH in Afghanistan (with SRTRO, on behalf of MoPH)
- Qualitative research on sources of community-level health care financing