Wim Van Damme

Professor Public Health and Health Policy, Institute of Tropical Medicine

Wim Van Damme is Professor in Public Health and Health Policy at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. He has extensive experience in many countries. He has a keen interest in the role of disease-specific programmes in Health Systems Strengthening.

He has been living and working in Kinshasa, DRC, collaborating with INRB, where Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe and Professor Steve Ahuka Mundeke lead the “Riposte corona”.

On COVID in sub-Saharan Africa, he has recently co-authored:

  • Van Damme W, et al. The COVID-19 pandemic: diverse contexts; different epidemics—how and why? BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e003098. (doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2020-003098) and
  • Wamai RG, et al. What Could Explain the Lower COVID-19 Burden in Africa despite Considerable Circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8638. (https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168638.)

In May 2022, he participated in the investigation of a large outbreak of Monkeypox in the Maniema province, DRC. (BBC interview: Monkey Pox in Central Africa: https://podcasts.apple.com/be/podcast/monkeypox-in-central-africa/id261779764?i=1000563892915 ).