Mohammed Khogali Bridging the knowledge gap: Operational research to achieve universal health coverage
The thesis discuss important aspects of access to health care for vulnerable population sub-groups in a conflict-affected area of sub-Saharan Africa.read more
Mohammed Khogali Bridging the knowledge gap: Operational research to achieve universal health coverageThe thesis discuss important aspects of access to health care for vulnerable population sub-groups in a conflict-affected area of sub-Saharan Africa. The main focus of the thesis is on pastoralists-a difficult to reach and often excluded population due to their predominantly mobile and traditional lifestyle. Reaching vulnerable and migratory populations with health services is key to achieving universal health coverage - the linchpin of the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Bridging rhetoric with action behind the SDG slogan “leave no one behind” will need innovation and operational research in adapting our health systems so that they embrace the needs of vulnerable and “at risk” populations.
Ensuring access and continuing care for vulnerable groups such as pastoralists is essential if Universal Health Coverage is to be achieved. However, in the current state of affairs, pastoralists remain a hard-to reach population that lie largely outside the realms of existing health systems. Their characteristic internal and cross-border migration patterns further complicate access and sustained follow up of care. One possible way of catalysing political momentum for bringing pastoralists into the mainstream of health systems is to have WHO lead a consolidated pan-African collaborative plan for health care in pastoralists. This could be akin to what WHO has proposed in Europe for TB in migrants.
Date, time and location PhD defense
- Date: 19 March 2018
- Time: 10.30 hrs
- Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2
Dr. Mohammed Khogali is a medical doctor and public health professional with over 9 years of experience. He earned his MBBS from the Univerity of Khartoum in the Sudan and his Master degree in Public Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. This doctoral research was conducted in Ethiopia as part of the operational research work plan of Médecins sans Frontières, and the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. Currently he is working as a Senior Technical Advisor at Vital Strategies, an international organization based in New York
- Promotor: Prof. Richard P.N.R Dekhuijzen, Prof. Anthony D. Harries
- Co-promotor: Dr. Martin J. Boeree, Dr. Rony Zachariah