Neglected tropical diseases

Dr Assia Brandrup-Lukanow

Dr Assia Brandrup-Lukanow

Assia Brandrup-Lukanow is presently Visiting Fellow of the Danish Center for Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, and Consultant in International Public Health. Prior to this, she was Director of the Division for Health, Education, and Social Protection at the GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation), and from 1994-2002 Regional Adviser and Section Head for Family and Community Health at the European Regional Office of WHO.

She holds a degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Mainz, Germany, and a Master of Science in Clinical Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1990. Her interest in Neglected Tropical Diseases originated in that period, as she worked on her MSc Thesis on the Epidemiology of Trachoma in a Gambian village. She is Fellow of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine as well as of the German Society for Tropical Medicine. As Director of the Health Division at GTZ, she advocated for a new focus of attention and investment into the fight against neglected tropical diseases and a closer cooperation with the private sector in this fight. In her present advisory work for the Health Metrics Network, GAVI, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tb, and Malaria, DBL, she seeks to integrate the need for attention to NTDs into efforts of health systems strengthening and development. She is also Member of the Steering Group for the European Pre-Bamako meeting on health research, which will among others, address NTD issues in the research agenda.

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