I obtained my master degree in anthropology at the
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) in 1983 with a thesis on
social aspects of leprosy in Sarawak , Malaysia . After that I
worked for 16 years in health development programmes, mainly in
Africa , for the World Health Organization, Dutch government,
and NGOs. My PhD dissertation (at the UvA in 2003) called
'Secret strategies; women and abortion in Yoruba society,
Nigeria' is based on a three-year applied research project on
abortion and other fertility regulation practices which
explored socio-cultural, economic and service related factors
influencing the high prevalence of unsafe abortion and abortion
death. The book pays attention to motivations why single and
married women resort to practices they know are a risk to their
health and life.
Since 2002 I lecture at the UvA mainly in medical anthropology and health and development studies - in the study year 2009/2010 being the coordinator for the bachelor modules Aids & Anthropology andHealth & Development.
My field of interest and expertise is sexual and reproductive health, including HIV and AIDS, and applied research. I keep in touch with the health development field by consultancies: since 2006 in applied research for the STOP AIDS NOW! project 'Managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace' in NGOs in South India, Uganda and Ethiopia . (the picture shows me with two volunteer community workers in a home-based-care for AIDS patients project of one of the Ethiopian NGOs - Mary Joy Aid through Development).
In September 2009 I started developing a (completely new to me) research project on 'Care for dependent elderly in Greece '.
• Maternal health, who cares? Research report. (co-author) Mongu: Primary health care program Western Province / Provincial Health Office, Zambia.
• Unplanned pregnancies - causes and effects. Research report. Mongu: Primary health care program Western Province and Provincial Health Office, Zambia.
• The maternal health programme in Western Province, Zambia. The motivating force of research and regular study days. Report.
• Reproductive health of Nigerian adolescents. Research report. (co-author) Lagos: Society for Family Health.
• Emergency contraception in Nigeria. Research report. (co-author) Lagos: Society for Family Health.
• 'Why resort to illegal abortion in Zambia? Results of a community based study.' Social Science and Medicine 46(10): 1303-1312.
• 'Olorun a shi e ni inu - God will open your womb.' Medische Antropologie, 10(2): 43-58.
• 'Infertility among Yoruba women: Perceptions on causes, treatments and consequences.' African Journal of Reproductive Health 3(1): 13-26.
• Fertility regulation among the Yoruba. Lagos: Adetayo Printing Press.
• Involving traditional birth attendants in the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. Project report.
• Secret strategies. Women and abortion in Yoruba society, Nigeria. Amsterdam: Aksant.
• Taking responsibility, Why, for whom, for what and how. A study of HIV & AIDS workplace policies among and for Share-Net member organizations. Amsterdam: Share-Net.