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Hermen Ormel

Senior Advisor and Master’s Programme Director

Hermen Ormel is an experienced adviser, facilitator and researcher on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and public health. He has a background in social sciences (social anthropology) and a Master’s degree in public health. His main areas of interest are: capacity development, research and evaluation, digital health, community health and gender issues.

In recent years, Hermen led a DFID-funded impact evaluation study on mobile health for maternal health in Sierra Leone and was involved in capacity building on leadership and management in South Sudan, as part of a Dutch Government-funded three-year maternal health improvement programme. As Principal Investigator, he is involved in a five-year EU FP7 research project (REACHOUT) that addresses the performance of close-to-community services in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique.

Hermen coordinates the KIT educational courses on SRHR Policy, Governance and Financing and teaches on other topics such as Health Planning, Health Systems Research and SRHR.


  • REACHOUT: Improving Close-to-Community Care Globally

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    • Project

    REACHOUT generates knowledge to develop the role of close-to-community providers of healthcare in preventing, diagnosing, and treating major illnesses and health conditions in rural and urban areas in Africa and Asia. An ambitious international research project Close-to-community providers are health workers who carry out promotional, preventive or curative health services. They are often the first […]

  • Impact Evaluation of Sexual Health in Nicaragua

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    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute led the impact evaluation of the cervical cancer screening and treatment programme of the Nicaraguan Ixchen Centre for Women. Results indicate that the aid was effective: over 40,000 women, who otherwise would not have accessed services, now were screened for cervical cancer and more than 1,200 of these received necessary treatment, […]