MARIËLLE BEMELMANS

Director

 

Mariëlle is director at Wemos since April 2017.

Since 2000, she has been working in global health, primarily holding coordinating positions at Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Medair in Africa. Next to two extended periods in Sudan and Malawi, she has also has extensive work experience in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, DRC, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Zimbabwe. For 4 years, she held the position of land director at MSF in Malawi, after which she worked in health policy analysis and advocacy at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels.

 

Mariëlle obtained her master’s degree in Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Before that, she studied management consumer affairs and nursing at the University of Applied Sciences in Wageningen and Ede.

 

During her time in the southern region of Africa, she was challenged with guaranteeing access to long-term treatment for as many HIV infected patients as possible during a health worker shortage crisis. She advocated for better investment in health care and health workforce on both the national and international level. She also published articles on health organization, HIV/AIDS and health workforce in medical journals. This resulted in the completion of her PhD at the Free University Amsterdam in 2016.

 

Prior to her position as director at Wemos, Mariëlle worked as a Public Health Consultant, during which she did evaluations, research and had an advisory role at organizations like Oxfam, Red Cross, World Health Organization and the Royal Tropical Institute. In addition, she is a guest lecturer in global health at universities in Europe.

 

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