• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health

Namibia

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Biography 

Norbert Forster is the Country Director for Namibia of the International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at UW. Based in Windhoek, Namibia, he directs a country program portfolio supporting the Namibian health sector in areas of HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment; Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision; Cervical Cancer Control; Combination Prevention for Adolescent Girls and Young Women; Training and Mentoring; Strategic Information and Data Systems development; Implementation Science; Quality Improvement; and Innovation Projects.

He has extensive experience in health systems development and public heath programming and project management across all levels of Namibia's health system. He started his career as clinician and district medical officer in a remote rural health district in Northern Namibia serving mostly pastoral and semi-nomadic communities.

Subsequently, he served in various leadership capacities at the head office of the Namibian Ministry of Health & Social Services focusing on priority national health programs, e.g. HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Maternal & Child Health. He strives to promote local ownership and strengthen partnerships to build robust and effective health systems which ensure access to high quality, compassionate, integrated and equitable health care.

Education 
  • MBChB (University of Pretoria (South Africa))
  • MSc (University of London (UK))
Country Affiliations 
Languages 
  • German
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Malaria
  • Male Circumcision
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 
Publications 

Zapata T, Forster N, Campuzano P, Kambapani R, Brahmbhatt H et al (2017) How to Integrate HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Namibia, the Epako Clinic Case Study, International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(4): 1,pp1-12, DOI:https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2488

Ministry of Health & Social Services, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (September 2016) Report of the 2nd National Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey. Norbert Forster (PI), Co-investigators: N Ruswa, F Mavhunga, A Beukes, A Thomas, E Shipiki, B Makumi, S Sawadogo, A Zezai, H Menzies, D Tiruneh

Wesson J, McQuide P, Viadro C, Titus M, Forster N, Trueau D, and Corbett M (2015) Improving Access to Care among Underserved Populations: The Role of Health Workforce Data in Health Workforce Policy, Planning and Practice, World Health & Population 16 (1): 34-48

Nasir Yusuf, Rosalina De Wee, Norbert Forster, Margaret Watkins, Desta Tiruneh (2014) Outbreak of Type 1 Wild Poliovirus Infection in Adults, Namibia 2006, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 11/2014; 210 Suppl1: S353-60

Pamela McQuide, Riitta-Liisa Kohlemainen-Aitken, Norbert Forster (2013) Using Workload Indicator of Staffing Needs (WISN) to Inform Human Resource for Health (HRH) Policy in Namibia, PLOS-Med, November 2013