Education and professional experience
1991-1992 Free University of Brussels, Faculty of Medicine
PhD thesis: "Role of health districts and methodology of their development in Africa". (readers: Prof. P.Mercenier and H. Van Baelen)
1982-1983 Harvard University, School of Public Health
Masters of Public Health (Tropical concentration).
1982 Free University of Brussels, School of Public Health
Diploma in Statistical, Epidemiological and Operational Methods Applied to Public Health and Medicine, magnum cum laude with distinction.
1979-1980 Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
Diploma of Tropical Medicine, cum laude with distinction.
1972-1979 Free University of Brussels, Faculty of Medicine
M.D., cum laude with distinction.
GRANTS, AWARDS, SKILLS
1982 Fulbright/Hays Award (USA)
1982 Foundation for Scientific Research and Educational Exchange Award (USA)
1991 Rotary Club Antwerpen (Belgium)
"1991 Brabo Award"
1990-1991 Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium)
Grant for research worker.
2012-2015 Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London
French : mother tongue
English : fluently spoken and written
Spanish : fluently spoken and written
Dutch : good knowledge
Portuguese: basic knowledge
Swahili : basic knowledge
MAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1981-2019 Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
1998 –2019: Associate Professor – Head of Unit of Public Health Care Sector, Department of Public Health
1996 - 2011 : Director of the Masters of Public Health programme over 4 years Co-Director for a period of 11 years, in rotating cycles of 2 years (International Course for Health Promotion, CIPS / ICHD)
1994-1998: Lecturer, attached to the Department of Public Health (public health research and training unit).
1989-1993: Assistant, then first assistant, attached to the Public Health Research and Training Unit. Duties: study of development strategies for health districts and teaching assignments.
1985-1988: Thiès Project ("Strengthening PHC in Senegal (Project details in: J.-P. Unger, P. Daveloose , A. Bâ , N.N. Toure Sene, P. Mercenier. Senegal Makes a Move towards the Goals of Alma Ata by Stimulating its Health Districts. World Health Forum, 1989, 10, 3/4: 456-463.).
1984-1985: Tutor of the Masters of Public Health program.
1984: Nutrition unit. Evaluation of large scale multisectoral projects organized by the Joint Nutritional Support Program (JNSP) and financed by FAO and the World Bank.
1981: Kasongo Project (Zaïre) ( The Kasongo project. Annales belges de médecine tropicale, 1981, 60, supplément.).
While attached to the ITM (during close to 40 years), I worked for numerous international agencies (WHO, WB, UNICEF, EU), NGOs (Medicus Mundi, Harvard Development Agency,…) and governments. I have been involved in health services management, health policy design, support to academic development in LIC and MIC (e.g. participating in the creation of the Institute of Public Health, PUCE, Quito). I taught in many international universities, in Europe and in developing countries. Finally, for 15 years, I initiated a project in Belgium to create health districts/local health systems in a country that has no such policy.
2019-2022: University of Newcastle Visiting Professor