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Leon Bijlmakers assistant professor

Leon Bijlmakers' research interest is in global health, in particular health systems responsiveness and sector performance in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently involved in a EU/Horizon2020-funded research project in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia (SURG-Africa).

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Leon Bijlmakers assistant professor

Leon Bijlmakers' research interest is in global health, in particular health systems responsiveness and sector performance in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently involved in a EU/Horizon2020-funded research project in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia (SURG-Africa), around scaling-up of district-level surgical capacity through a mentoring model, in a research consortium with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Oxford University, College of Medicine in Malawi, Tanzania Surgical Association, Surgical Society of Zambia, the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA), and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). See the SURG-Africa site for more information: www.surgafrica.eu.
 
He also actively participates in the research group REVISE2020, Rethinking the valuation of interventions to improve priority setting, led by Prof Rob Baltussen at Radboudumc; and in the related PRISMA project with Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia (priority setting using multiple criteria). Previously he was co-principal investigator of a NWO/WOTRO funded project on the interface between health systems and maternal death (MHSAR), in Rwanda and South Africa – in conjunction with the Centre for Health Policy of the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town) and the Rwanda Ministry of Health.

Prior to joining Radboudumc, Leon worked in Burkina Faso (with SNV), Zimbabwe (with WHO) and Vietnam (freelance consultant), followed by a period of 15 years as an international public health consultant with ETC Foundation, the Netherlands. Leon holds an MSc in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University (1983) and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2003). Title of dissertation: Structural adjustment, source of structural adversity - Socio-economic stress, health and child nutritional status in Zimbabwe.

Additional functions

  • Involved in an EU/FP7 funded research project in Malawi and Zambia (COST-Africa), around strengthening district-level surgical capacity through the training of clinical officers
  • Involved in a NWO/WOTRO funded project on the interface between health systems and maternal death (MHSAR), in Rwanda and South Africa
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Additional functions

  • Involved in an EU/FP7 funded research project in Malawi and Zambia (COST-Africa), around strengthening district-level surgical capacity through the training of clinical officers
  • Involved in a NWO/WOTRO funded project on the interface between health systems and maternal death (MHSAR), in Rwanda and South Africa
  • Chairperson of Share-Net International, knowledge platform on sexual and reproductive health & rights and HIV
  • Chief editor of MTb, the quarterly bulletin of the Netherlands Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health

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