Barend Gerretsen


Dr Barend Gerretsen is a senior public health expert, and the team lead for Health Systems Strengthening at KIT. 

He is a medical doctor with a specialisation in Global Health and Tropical Medicine (AIGT), and he has worked in several sub-Saharan countries where he gained practical experience in clinical care and the management of public health programmes. 

At KIT, Dr Gerretsen’s main focus is on health systems, leadership and management, and postgraduate education. On health systems he has recently been working on the evaluation of the Measles Campaigns is Nigeria and the third-party evaluation of the SEHAT programme in Afghanistan amongst other projects. 

In Tanzania, he has been involved in capacity building of a large research institute, assisting the development of their research agenda and in designing a Master in Research in Public Health. With his long experience working in low- and middle-income countries and working in and with different cultures, he is now involved in capacity building of Dutch General Practitioners and other first-line health professionals in culturally-sensitive healthcare in the Netherlands. 

Dr Gerretsen is a keen facilitator for processes of change with an approach that is careful to respect the local context. He is flexible but determined to reach preset goals and always mindful of KIT’s mission to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce inequities.

Alongside his function at KIT, Dr Gerretsen has been the Director of the Training Institute for the specialisation of AIGT Doctors since 2014. He has been involved in the process that led to full accreditation by the Royal Dutch Medical Association and is now responsible for the quality and organisation of this medical specialisation programme. He also sits on the supervisory board for AMREF Flying Doctors.