Curriculum Vitae

1970 - '79 Medical Degree, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Post-graduate education

1981 Certificate course in Medicine and Tropical Hygiene, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1988 Diploma in Community Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London.
1999 PhD thesis: 'Monitoring and evaluation of intervention programmes for cataract and for refractive errors in India.' University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Prof.dr. J.S. Stilma

Work experience

1998 - '18 Freelance consultant Community Eye health
Short term assignments for World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), VISION 2020 Latin America, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO), international NGOs like Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Sight Savers International (SSI), ORBIS, Hellen Keller International (HKI), Eye Care Foundation, Dark & Light Blind Care / Light of the World;
Part-time executive secretary Vision 2020 Netherlands;
Developed RAAB Repository, a website listing RACSS and RAAB surveys conducted worldwide (FHF, SSI);
Training of 51 candidate RAAB trainers in Latin America, Asia and UK (IAPB-LA, FHF, WHO, ICEH);
Vision screening of elderly in care institutions in The Netherlands (VISION 2020 Netherlands, ZonMw);
Developed software database for diagnosis of eye disorders in children (Bartiméus, ODAS);
Developed Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness software (ICEH, CBM, SSI, ORBIS);
Developed Rapid Assessment of Cataract Surgical Services software (ICEH, CBM, SSI);
Developed software for cataract outcome monitoring (SSI, CBM, ICEH);
Developed CD-ROM 'Developing an Action Plan' for Vision 2020: The Right to Sight (IAPB, WHO);
Trained ophthalmologists and paramedical staff to conduct RACSS and RAAB in more than 32 countries in Latin and Central America, Africa, Asia and former Soviet Republics;
Designed and facilitated VISION 2020 planning workshops in Vietnam and Laos;
Conducted research projects on survey methodologies for trachoma;
Development and implementation of Trachoma Management Information System in The Gambia, linked with a Geographical Information System (ICEH, SSI);
1989 - '98 Project Manager for Danish Assistance to the National Programme for Control of Blindness in India, stationed in India (DANPCB, Danida);
1989 Senior House Officer, Ophthalmology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK (Prof.Dr. R. Rosenthal and Dr. J. Sandford-Smith)
1989 Consultancy to assess causes of blindness and low vision in Western Province, Zambia, and design strategy for eye care services as integrated part of Primary Health Care programme in that province (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Government)
1988 Diploma course Community Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London.
1982 - '87 District Medical Officer, Senanga District, Zambia.
1980 - '81 Senior House Officer, Department of General Surgery, Johannes Hospital, 'De Heel', Zaandam, The Netherlands
1979 - '80 Senior house Officer, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Maria Hospital, Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Other positions

Visiting Senior Lecturer International Centre for Eye Health, London School for Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Chairman Tijssen Foundation, supporting small scale eye care programmes in Indonesia and elsewhere

Board member Working Group on Tropical Ophthalmology

Reviewer for:
      - Ophthalmology
      - British Journal of Ophthalmology
      - Ophthalmic Epidemiology
      - Tropical Medicine & International Health
      - PLoS ONE
      - Indian Journal of Ophthalmology


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