I’m Harrie van der Meeren, and I’ve worked for almost 30 years as a dermatologist at the Maxima Medisch Centrum in Eindhoven and at the Boxtel location of the Jeroen Bosch Hospital. Since 2004 I’ve been teaching dermatology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidade Catolica de Mozambique in Beira. In that period, we’ve seen over 300 doctors qualify.
Most of these doctors come from the higher urban social classes. We set up the Doctors for Mozambique foundation to give poor people from rural areas the chance to become doctors too.
Thia de Jong-Förster
My name is Thia de Jong-Förster. In August 2021, I was approached by the founders Harrie and Gitta van der Meeren for the position of secretary within the Doctors for Mozambique Foundation. I gladly accepted their request because I wholeheartedly support the mission of the foundation, which is to train students on-site to become doctors. I believe that by doing so, we can contribute to the structural improvement of healthcare in Mozambique.
In my working life, I was first a medical analyst and later made a career switch to HRM advisor.