PhD in Family Medicine in Low Resource Countries

Why this page on PhDs.
Research and PhDs are essential means of fortifying the fundament of FM.
A PhD is basically the step towards understanding research or becoming a researcher.
It is also a necessary step for helping & coaching students and registrars in FM.

How to proceed to the start of a PhD
In North South collaboration  research and PhDs are a essential vehicle. So when you intend to start a PhD-study your FM-department may want to build a cooperation with the host institute.
Together the institutes can apply for funding of NUFFIC in The Netherlands.
SHE in Maastricht provides such PhD-programmes. Contact Prof. GeertJan Dinant or Mark Spigt

Examples of successful theses
Diagnostic evaluation of smear negative TB in a resource poor setting. Mala George Otieno.
Intestinal Parasitosis and Under‐nutrition in Ethiopia: Prevalence, Risk factors and Prevention
Mahmud Abdulkader Mahmud
Cardiovascular disease prevention in the slums of Kenya. Steven van de Vijver.
– Care for chronic diseases in LICs. The health system perspective and self-management of diabetes. Josefien van Olmen
Access to Care For children under‐five across high pneumonia mortality countries in sub‐Saharan Africa. Camielle Noordam
– Where altitude and sex meet: Sexual risk behaviour and altitude illness in travel clinic visitors M.Croughs. +32475394800, 
– Internationaal Cardiovasculair Risicomanagement: de praktijk in de sloppenwijken van Nairobi
Het leidde tot een proefschrift en een publicatie in de Lancet
Since 2011 Steven van de Vijver is the Director of Urban Health at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. He worked as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) on the SCALE UP project. The SCALE UP project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a cost-effective and scalable model for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, with a focus on hypertension. The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) jointly developed this model in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The project is implemented in Korogocho, a Nairobi slum with 35,000 residents. Through household visits, Community Health Workers identified people at risk for hypertension, and referred them to a local clinic where high quality care was offered by trained staff using standardized guidelines. The impact of the model is currently being evaluated, and there is already interest to increase the coverage of the project to one million residents in the eastern, poor part of Nairobi.
– K. von Pressentin, a South African FP wrote an excellent thesis on the contribution of Family Physicians to the SA health care system.  

-Getrainde gedetineerden sporen TBC op in Ethiopische gevangenissen.Uit  onderzoek van de Ethiopische onderzoeker Dr. Kelemework in samenwerking met onderzoekers van de Universiteit Maastricht, waaronder Mark Spigt PhD, vandaag verschenen in Lancet Global health, blijkt dat gedetineerden heel eenvoudig te coachen zijn om TBC in een vroeg stadium te herkennen bij hun medegedetineerden.