Interview Kick off!
Marlies Hummelen, author and co-owner of Uitgeverij Boekschap (Boekschap Publishers) has started with her interviews with Global health doctors. A short impression of two out of twelve candidates: who are these people and why do they feel impelled to improve health care for all?
Steffie Heemelaar works as a medical officer at the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in a hospital in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. This is her first job as a global health doctor. Apart from working as medical officer, she also teaches medical students and is doing a PhD on a specific Namibian topic: pregnancy in women with cardiovascular disease. The contrast between her experiences in Namibia – a quickly developing country – and the Netherlands is fascinating. “Especially because Namibia is in an transition phase, I feel that we can learn a lot from each other.”
Albertine Baauw has a long history as global health doctor. She has worked in both Africa and Asia as doctor and consultant. Currently she works as a paediatrician, specifically focussing on refugee children and she is involved in improving care for this vulnerable group. She is the perfect example of a clinical doctor with public health interests. Her life long experience enables her to see cross connections and have a elaborate vision on (public) healthcare. Albertine has strong believes about self-management of mothers and families in Africa, Asia and the Netherlands. “Something I have clearly encountered during my work as global health doctor: strength comes from within.”
More interviews will follow soon. One of our next candidates will be Jurre van Kesteren who was fighting against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone in 2014.