“Working day and night together is the best way to learn from each other”
Alieau Mansaray, born in Yiffin, Sierra Leone, finished his community health officer training in 2008 and worked for several years in Yiffin, his hometown. In 2011 he started an additional training programme of Capacare, an Norwegian NGO, which enabled him to improve his surgical and obstetrical skills. During this training programme in Masanga, he worked under supervision and together with Dutch medical doctors who are specialised in Global Health and Tropical Medicine.
“Time for the North to learn from the South”
Richard Smith is a global health expert, graduated in medicine in Edinburgh and has worked all over the globe. From 1979 to 2004 he worked at the British Medical Journal as editor and as chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group. Untill 2015 he was the director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, a programme that encounters non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Currently he is chair of the board of trustees of ICDDR, B (formerly the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and chair of Patients Knows Best, a company that brings patient care records together in one place under the control of the patients.
“Into my World”
David Koetsier graduated in medicine at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and followed his post-graduate training for global health doctor at the LangeLand hospital in Zoetermeer. He worked as a global health doctor in Kaoma, Zambia, from 1998 to 2001, sent by the Directorate – General International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After his return to the Netherlands, he specialized into primary health care physician at the VU University Amsterdam. Since 2003 he is a primary health care physician and since 2005 he has his own practice in Amsterdam North where he works with a dynamic and diverse population.