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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.

  • MBChB (University of Pretoria (South Africa))
  • MSc (University of London (UK))
Country Affiliations 
  • German
Health Topics 
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Clinical Mentoring
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • COVID-19
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Gender
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Policy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Male Circumcision
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
  • Quality Improvement
  • Trop. Med (incl. Parasites)
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

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.

Ruswa N, Mavhunga F, Roscoe JC, Beukes A, Shipiki E, van Gorkom J, Sawadogo S, Agolory S, Menzies H, Tiruneh D, Makumbi B, Bayer B, Zezai A, Campbell P, Alexander H, Kalisvaart N, Forster N (2019) Second nationwide anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey in Namibia. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Volume 23, Number 7, 1 July 2019, pp 858-864(7), https://doi.org/10.5588/ijtld.18.0526

Leonard Bikinesi, Gillian O’Bryan, … Norbert Forster… Ndapewa Hamunime, Gabrielle O’Malley and Bruce Struminger (2020) Implementation and evaluation of a Project ECHO telementoring program for the Namibian HIV workforce. BMC Human Resources for Health 2020; 18:61, 1 September 2020, pp 1-10; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-020-00503-w

Zapata T, Forster N, Campuzano P, Kambapani
R, Brahmbhatt H, Hidinua G, Turay M, Ikandi SK, Kabongo L and Zariro F (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,pp.1-12, https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2488

Wesson, J., P. McQuide, C. Viadro, M. Titus, N. Forster, D. Trueau and M. Corbett. 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