Fransje van der Waals

Health[e]Foundation
Fransje van der Waals, MD PhD
Fransje van der Waals received her MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam in 1978 and her PhD degree from the same University in 1995. In 1978 she was a Fogarty Fellow at the Child and Family Research Branch, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA and in 1983 a second fellowship at the Laboratory of Central Nervous System Studies of the NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

In 1981 Fransje van der Waals was board certified in the Netherlands as a General Practitioner. From 1987-2000 Fransje van der Waals was assistant professor and head of the Women’s Health Studies Department, Academic Medical Center, and University of Amsterdam.

Fransje van der Waals published in the period 1979-2012 over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She published five books between 1983 and 1997 on subjects concerning women’s health.

During her complete carrier Fransje van der Waals remained active as general practitioner and works for thirty five years in the Reguliersgracht clinic in the center of Amsterdam.

In 2001 Fransje van der Waals accepted a part-time appointment as coordinator of the Family Study of Antiretroviral Therapy (FAST), a study of AIDS treatment of families in rural India. Realizing the wide need of training before introducing ART she started the Health[e]Foundation in 2002, with Joep Lange and Carlo Gianquinto, that develops and delivers blended training programs for health care workers in the developing world. In first instance for those involved in treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients. After the first HIV[e]Education program, many more followed: Pediatric HIV[e]Education, TB[e]Education, Mental Health and HIV[e]Education, Tele microbiology[e]Education, Occupational Health[e]Education, Cardiovascular Diseases[e]Education, Female and Family[e]Education (concerning SRHR and neonatal health), Manuscript writing[e]Education, and the prevention programs Health[e]Families and Health[e]Living. Most programs are running in several languages, Trainings were given in Argentina, Aruba, Bahama’s, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Curacao, India, Indonesia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Netherlands, Poland, Rwanda, Salvador, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Since 2014 she is appointed as professor in Global Health Education at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.