Uniting Streams is the working group for early career Global Health researchers within the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine & International Health (NVTG). Membership is free and open to anyone who is a global health enthusiast.


    Uniting Streams is an informal network of researchers in all aspects of global health including epidemiologists, NGO's academics, clinicians, biomedical science, public health, sociology, medical anthropology, health systems research, health economics, and entomology, advocates, and affected communities.


    We aim to


    (multidisciplinary) scientific interaction in the field of Global Health, both between researchers in the Netherlands and with their colleagues abroad.



    planning, execution and output of Global Health-related field research through a peer-to-peer network aimed at exchanging mutual experience and expertise, as well as shared resources.



    a platform for the dissemination of scientific results of field research in Tropical Medicine and Global Health.


    We still have vacancies for: Amsterdam UMC, Leiden/LUMC, Maastricht University/MUMC+, VU/VuMC, Tilburg University, Wageningen University, KIT - Royal Tropical Institute





    The 2021 board consists of:


    Puck Pelzer

    Puck Pelzer

    Puck Pelzer is Epidemiologist at KNCV Tuberculosis foundation, a Dutch NGO for Tuberculosis control. Here she provides technical assistance on TB epidemiology and advises on implementation of TB surveillance on several international projects. At US she served as vice-chair in 2018 and was chair of the board from 2019-2021. She is specialized in TB and vaccines and has extensive field research experience in Rwanda, Cambodia, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan.





    Minjung (Min), PhD, is assistant professor Global Public Health at Leiden University College Hague. Min focused her studies on international development and global health research. Her previous research projects include analyzing health risks in urbanizing regions of Central Asia (Uzbekistan) and examining health research systems in Central Asia

    Kimberly Nehal

    Kimberly Nehal


    Kimberly Nehal is a Junior Lecturer in Infectious Disease and Public Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her main areas of interest are vaccination (policy) and disease surveillance research. During her studies, she has focused on integrated disease surveillance in Sierra Leone. With her involvement in Uniting Streams, she aims to connect global health researchers in the Netherlands and worldwide. Kim served as vice chair in 2020 and is chair as of 2021

    Kimberly Nehal

    Tom Jacobs

    Vice Chair

    Tom Jacobs is a PhD candidate at Radboud UMC Nijmegen. Trained as a pharmacist, Tom currently investigates clinical pharmacology of antiretroviral agents in children with HIV and other opportunistic infections in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Previously he has studies reporting of adverse drug reactions in Ghana and worked on a project commissioned by WHO Europe about reducing OTC sales of antibiotics in Central Asia. Tom joined Uniting Streams to meet and learn from fellow global health enthusiasts. Tom serves as vicechair since 2021


    Eugenia Di Meco

    Eugenia is a MD specialised in Infectious Diseases. She has clinical experience in HIV and antimicrobial resistance in different hospital settings. She worked in the front line of migrant health, being involved in clinical and research activities in Lampedusa and in Rome. Lately, she shifted focus beyond the Italian borders, dealing with MDR TB in Afghanistan with MSF. For her “global health” is not only an area of research and practice, but mainly an approach that healthcare professionals should have in mind, in every context and every field.






    Harry Coleman

    Harry Coleman is a Junior Advisor in the Health Systems Strengthening team at KIT Royal Tropical Institute. He is also just finishing his PhD at the Vrije University Amsterdam that focuses on a healthcare outreach service delivery model for homeless groups in Delhi, India. His main interests are in health policy and systems research, social science and mixed methodologies in global health, and global health politics. Harry joined Uniting Streams to discuss the sphere of global health action and research with others working in the field.


    Connie Rees


    Connie Rees is a medical doctor and is currently a PhD candidate in gynaecology at the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. Her interests include (global) maternal and women's health. She previously spent time conducting maternal health research in Ghana, amongst other projects. She joined Uniting Streams to stay involved in global health research and meet others passionate about global (health) issues.


    Uniting Streams members are (early career) global health researchers in a wide variety of fields. Most are based in the Netherlands, but some are (parttime) abroad. Almost all are involved with fieldwork.


    Members will be kept informed of news, vacancies, funding and developments in global health, and will have an opportunity to participate in US activities and priorities.


    Would you like to become involved? Membership is free and non-committal. Send us an email or sign up to our newsletter.


    Throughout the year, Uniting Streams organizes events and sessions to connect global health researchers and provide them a platform. We are always looking for new members to support these activities. If you're interested, let us know!


    A network of researchers in global health in the Netherlands

    Uniting Steams is a network for (early career) global health researchers to meet, exchange experiences and share ideas.


    In addition to various events throughout the year, we also publish an annual overview of successfully defended PhD theses in the field of Global Health in the Netherlands, and aim to keep you up to date with a newsletter.

    Annual event: scientific sessions at the annual NVTG symposium

    Uniting Steams organises scientific sessions at the Netherlands Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG)'s annual conference.


    These sessions provide an opportunity for researchers to present their global health research to an interested audience consisting of tropical doctors (in training), policy makers, NGOs and other academics and global health professionals.

  • Newsletters and newsflashes

    Through our bi-monthly newsletter and newsflashes, we aim to keep global health researchers in The Netherlands and abroad up to date about (our) activities and opportunities. Newsletters and newsflashes tell you about upcoming events, update you on past events and keep you posted on job opportunities in the field!


    Sign up to our newsletter here.

    Annual event: Fieldwork in Global Health

    Annually, an evening on fieldwork in Global Health for BSc, MSc and PhD candidates is organized by Uniting Streams.


    During this evening researchers employing various research approaches (antropological/social/medical/health scientific) share their experiences and provide insights in the conduct of fieldwork in Global Health. Previous topics included: the social and cultural differences and how to be aware of them when doing fieldwork, intercultural communication in research (design), and pitfalls and practical aspects of research projects in the tropics.

  • Annual event: TropQuiz

    Want to get to know other researchers in the field of global health in a fun way? Or are you just really competitive and up for a challenging game? The TropQuiz takes place every year in early spring.


    So brush up your library of facts about global health, tropical medicine and research, music, movies and geography, and join us!

    This event a collaboration TROIE and Uniting Streams

    Global Health Research Nights

    These evenings allows global health researchers to share their research in an intimate setting followed by drinks, bites, music and good conversation.

    Global Health PhD & Postdoc Writing Retreat

    The Global Health PhD & Postdocs writing retreat will offer participants the opportunity to work on their manuscript, join workshops to improve their academic writing and communication skills, and meet other global health PhD students and postdocs to share experience.


    This is for everyone that has been dreading the writing-aspect of their papers.

    The workshops will be directed by senior researchers and will be targeted to explicitly cover the major concerns of young researchers.

    Global Health Symposium

    Expert presentations on Global Health related topic.


    2019 Symposium on Novel Strategies in Healthcare:

    Technology has the potential to transform healthcare, placing the patient at the center of the healthcare system, increasing security and resolving inefficiencies. “novel strategies”, “blockchain” and “innovations” have become buzzwords in healthcare. But what do these words mean in the context of global health?


    Global Health Film Festival

    The Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), TROIE, and Uniting Streams are proud to present the annual Dutch Global Health Film Festival, hosted in multiple cities across The Netherlands.


    This film festival aims to bring people with either a general or professional interest in global health together to think, discuss and debate about global health related issues.


    Sauerwein medal

    To honor his legacy, the Robert Sauerwein medal will be awarded every 2 years to researchers in the field of tropical infectious diseases. The prize consists of a medal and €500 and is jointly awarded by Radboud university medical center and Uniting Streams. Nominees are early career researchers (PhD students or within 3 years after PhD graduation) who are affiliated to a university or research institute in The Netherlands who have made major
    contributions to tropical infectious diseases.


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