Research by two students on maternal health in Suriname

Because Health[e]Foundation is closely affiliated to the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC) and the department for Global Health Education we are pleased to serve as a learning hub for students and welcome the dedicated time students can allocate to evaluate our projects in more detail. Recently, two students started their internship within our “Zorg in de Hand” program in Suriname. An introduction:

My name is Marjolein and I have just started as one of the two new interns here at Health[e]Foundation. I am a second year student of the master Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA) at the VU University, and therefore almost graduated! Within my study, I follow courses in the specialization of policy and international public health. In my spare time I volunteer as a language buddy for a woman from Eritrea, enjoy sport lessons at my fitness centre, or spend time with one of my fourteen roommates.

During the end stage of my studies at Health[e]Foundation, I will evaluate the LUCY application which provides health information for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. I will do this by interviewing pregnant women, women who just had a baby, and maternal healthcare workers. I am enthusiastic about participating in this project! Ultimately, with this research, I hope to be able to contribute to an improvement in the health of mothers and their children in Suriname.

My name is Luca, I am 23 years old and currently in my second year of the research master Global Health at the VU. I live in Rotterdam, where in my spare time I enjoy taking salsa lessons, boxing, and learning Spanish. During my bachelor, Liberal Arts & Sciences at Erasmus University College, and in the first year of my master I have had the opportunity to do several internships, but I have never had the chance to be an intern at an NGO before. Therefore, I am very excited that I can write my thesis about a project at Health[e]Foundation! For my internship I will be evaluating the Female&Family training program in Suriname, which aims to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes through a blended e-learning program for healthcare professionals. I will conduct interviews with the participants and other relevant stakeholders.