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Mirjam I. Bakker

Department
Epidemiology
Title
Senior Epidemiologist
Phone
+31205688444

Mirjam I Bakker Ph.D. joined KIT in 2000 and coordinates the epidemiologists working at KIT’s health unit. This is also where she applies her extensive experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to inform health system decision making.

Mirjam monitors and evaluates a broad range of health interventions and works on tailoring control strategies for infectious diseases. She is involved in the external monitoring and evaluation of the TB REACH initiative of the Stop TB Partnership since 2010. In addition, she supervises KIT’s M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and developed the KIT course “Using GIS in disease control programmes.”

In terms of disease areas, Mirjam has expertise in tuberculosis, HIV and leprosy care and prevention, backed up with extensive field experience in developing countries.

Prior to joining KIT, Mirjam worked as a nutrition consultant in Ghana and as TB/HIV field research coordinator in Malawi on behalf of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She holds an MSc in human nutrition and epidemiology from Wageningen University and obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the epidemiology of leprosy in Indonesia.

Description of the epidemiology group’s work

The work of the KIT epidemiology group is focused on strengthening public health activities and disease control programs. Combining expertise in epidemiology, environmental sciences, health information management and geographical information systems (GIS), the group conducts research, provides advisory- and M&E services and develops and offers tailor-made training programmes. The group supports training and implementation of evidence-based health care and policy development.

Projects

  • Improving access to preventive medicine: a data visualization and analysis platform to support microplanning of schistosomiasis control  

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT and in country partners are designing a real time monitoring and evaluation platform to facilitate decision making for the control and management of schistosomiasis. This tool will build upon the MATCH methodology that seeks to inform decision making through better use of data.   In the 2021-2030 roadmap, the WHO calls for: With the limited resources available for reducing transmission and […]

  • ASCEND: Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases

    • Institute
    • Project

    Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious diseases that thrive in poor and rural settings, affecting 1.6 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including 850 million children. Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) is a new programme funded by the UK Department for International Development […]

  • Understanding Why Tuberculosis Cases are Missed in Bangladesh

    • Institute
    • Project

    In August 2017, a data analysis workshop was organised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during which stakeholders from various Bangladeshi institutions – including BRAC, MSH and ICDDR Bangladesh – worked together to generate new hypotheses about where missing cases of TB are found, whom they may be, why they may be missed, and which solutions are needed […]

  • Improving Urban Access to Tuberculosis Services in Pakistan

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT’s Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) supported Pakistan’s National TB Programme in the collection of data on TB diagnostic and treatment centers in Khairpur and Islamabad Capital Territory. Summary A number of countries that attended the Bangkok workshop on the KIT’s MATCH Approach to tuberculosis (TB) care subsequently requested continued support to either a) […]

  • Addressing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

    • Institute
    • Project

    Kazakhstan is one of thirty countries prioritised by the WHO because of its high-burden of multi drug-resistant (MDR)-Tuberculosis (TB). Summary The Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute was requested by The Global Fund to apply the MATCH Approach to tuberculosis care to support National Toxicology Programs in the Central Asian […]

  • Bangkok Workshop on the MATCH Approach to Tuberculosis Care in South & South-East Asia

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute provided training in the MATCH Approach to tuberculosis (TB) programme staff who use data to improve programme effectiveness. Funded by the Global Fund, The Stop TB Partnership and the WHO Global TB Program, the CASE team traveled to Bangkok to facilitate the “Regional […]

  • The KIT MATCH Approach for Enhancing TB Care Coverage

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute proudly presents: the MATCH approach (Mapping and Analysis for Tailored disease Control and Health system strengthening) for National Tuberculosis Programmes. MATCH supports National Tuberculosis Programmes to more effectively use resources to treat populations with ongoing tuberculosis transmission. The MATCH approach begins by gathering many – often underused – sources of data, for example: geographic, temporal, and demographic data. The […]

  • TB REACH: Piloting and Monitoring Innovative Interventions for TB Control

    • Institute
    • Project

    In collaboration with health consultants, KIT Royal Tropical Institute developed an analysis method and monitoring and evaluation tools for measuring the effectiveness of tuberculosis detection innovations. Improving case detection in poor and vulnerable populations Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Globally more than three million people with TB remain undiagnosed each […]

  • Yes I Do: Reduce Child Marriage, Teenage Pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • Institute
    • Project

    This project aims to reduce child marriage, teenage pregnancies and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) related practices. Its work covers seven countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. The Yes I Do project is a joint collaboration with Plan Netherlands in the lead, along with CHOICE, Rutgers and Amref. It is funded by the […]

  • Assessment of Tuberculosis under- or over-Reporting through Inventory Studies

    • Institute
    • Project

    We are assessing the completeness of tuberculosis notification data by retrospective analysis of multiple national tuberculosis databases in six selected EU/EEA Member States. This project will provide information on surveillance completeness and quality, an estimate of the incidence of tuberculosis and information on strengths and gaps in the national surveillance system in  six European countries. […]

  • External Evaluation: UNICEF’s “Scaling Up Nutrition and Immunization” Project 2013 – 2016

    • Institute
    • Project

    Between 2013 and 2016 UNICEF worked to strengthen investment in Child Health Days (CHD) in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by enhancing national ownership, scaling-up, and coverage through the “Scaling up Nutrition and Immunization” project – funded by Global Affairs Canada. KIT Royal Tropical Institute was contracted by UNICEF headquarters in New York to conduct an external […]

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