Bianca Tolboom


Bianca is a psychiatric nurse and a public health professional with 12 years of experience in the international medical humanitarian field.
She joined KIT Royal Tropical Institute in May 2017 and her work focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and fragile settings.

She is currently engaged in the following projects:

  • Conducting research on sexual violence in humanitarian settings (Haiti, Yemen, Nigeria)
  • Conducting a narrative review on SRHR for people affected by conflict, fragility and crisis (in preparation of a Share-Net International co-creation conference)
  • Development and implementation of a tailor-made training on SRHR, Human Rights Based Approach, Gender and Health Systems Strengthening, for health care professionals and managers working in Yemen.
  • Teaching at the Masters in Public Health and various short courses and student advise (thesis) and tutoring

Bianca has worked in numerous fragile and conflict-affected contexts, including Sudan and South Sudan, Somalia, India, South Africa, Bahrain, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea. Her work ranges from from coordinating and managing hospitals, clinics and therapeutic feeding centers, to organising mass vaccination campaigns and responding to cholera outbreaks.

In Zimbabwe, South Africa and Papua New Guinea, Bianca’s work focused on establishing and running community-based interventions to respond to the medical and psycho-social needs of survivors of sexual and gender-based Violence. She has deep experience with both qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Advocating safe abortion: outcomes of a multi‐country needs assessment on the potential role of national societies of obstetrics and gynecology

    In 2019 the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) embarked on an initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of 10 national societies of obstetrics and gynecology (ObGyn) in advocacy for safe abortion. In 2018 needs assessments that entailed a desk study, interviews, and stakeholder workshops were conducted in Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Uganda, and Zambia. The general aim of the needs assessments was to gain a deeper understanding of the contextual situation and identify the needs of ObGyn societies in relation to safe abortion advocacy. This paper provides a cross- country analysis of the outcomes of the needs assessments and reflects on the capabilities, barriers, and opportunities to strengthen this role of ObGyn societies.