Strengthening Health Systems

The Health Systems Strengthening team at KIT Royal Tropical Institute works to improve the cohesion and performance of health systems as a means to provide all people with equitable access to quality health services. Our work focuses on the health systems of low-and middle-income countries, as well as states experiencing fragility, conflict and violence.

Advancing Universal Health Coverage

Effective health systems are essential to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), one of the key targets of the sustainable development goals . Strong and resilient health systems enable countries to respond to shocks, such as Ebola, Zika and COVID-19, while continuing to deliver essential health services and protect against infectious and non-communicable diseases. 

Our expertise 

Our team facilitates the complex, multi-stakeholder processes of health system re-design, while bringing the people and communities that rely on health systems into the centre of such processes. We cover both a wide range of traditional, disciplinary knowledge—as health scientists, political scientists, global health specialists—as well as experience in bringing together different forms of knowledge that transcend disciplinary boundaries: the knowledge of communities, healthcare professionals and policy makers. 

Our work is grounded in three primary services, which together contribute to more effective and sustainable health systems:  

  • We co-create and develop knowledge, together with partners in LMICs, about how to strengthen health systems, including  applied research and , monitoring and evaluation.  
  • We develop research and operational capacity through tailor-made training programmes and on-the-job mentoring and coaching. We provide this support to  individuals (health professionals), organszations (professional associations, civils society organizations, NGOs, private sector) and institutes (health ministries, universities)  
  • We provide advice and technical input for the re-design of health systems, HSS programmes, and multi-sectoral approaches to health and policymaking. This includes policy guidance and change management plans, training curricula, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. 

Our team

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Barend Gerretsen

Team Leader Health Systems Strengthening

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Ankie van den Broek

Senior Advisor

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Yme van den Berg

Senior advisor

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Marjolein Dieleman

Senior Advisor

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Fernando Maldonado Costa

Coördinator Education and Head of MIH programme

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Jurrien Toonen

Senior Advisor

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Harry Coleman

Health Systems Strengthening Advisor

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Aniek Woodward

Research Associate STRENGTHS project

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Irina Wagner-Stirbu

Senior Advisor

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Elisabeth Kleipool

Junior Advisor

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Ingrid Zuleta

Health System Strengthening Advisor

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Olivier Onvlee

Junior Advisor

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