Dominique Kerouedan Knowledge Against Poverty (2012-2013)

Biography

Dominique Kerouedan is a Medical Doctor and was appointed Intern in 1985 after successfully passing the Competitive Internship Examination in the field of Medical Research. She is a Doctor of Science, majoring in Epidemiology and Public Health. Dr Kerouedan holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's Degree in Medical Research after graduating from the Université de Paris VI, a Bachelor's Degree in Law, as well as several university diplomas (Health and Development, European Health Policies, and Nutrition). After spending her childhood in West Africa, she was schooled in London and studied at the Saint-Antoine Faculty of Medicine in Paris, France, where she worked on internships abroad in Dakar, Brazzaville, Franceville, Rwanda, and the French West Indies. In the course of her medical research specialization, she contributed to the first epidemiological studies analyzing the transmission modes of the HIV/AIDS virus in Africa and in the West Indies when the pandemic broke out in the second half of the 1980's.

For over 25 years, she has been supporting developing countries' healthcare policies and systems in humanitarian medicine (Afghan or Pakistani refugees, Karen refugees in Myanmar, street children and detainees in Madagascar), and in healthcare and development (HIV/AIDS programs in Côte d'Ivoire, healthcare reform in Madagascar, and assessment of healthcare-related development aid programs and strategies).

An independent expert in international healthcare for over 10 years, she has taken part in the assessment of French policies (French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the French Development Agency) to support the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, within the framework of studies conducted by the French High Council for International Cooperation in 2002, as commissioned in 2004 by the Prime Minister and to be led by Dr Pierre Morange, Deputy of the French National Assembly, commissioned by the French Government and to be led by Professor Philippe Kourilsky in 2006, and commissioned by the ESTHER France and ESTHER Europe Initiative. Back in Europe after the year 2000, while returning to Africa regularly on missions, she acquired a knowledge of policies and operations at the European Development Fund (Secretariat of the ACP Group of States in Brussels, Benin, the English-speaking Caribbean), the World Bank (Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, PPP), UNAIDS (Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (countries, assessment), as well as German and American cooperation agencies. She used this wealth of experience to carry out analyses of global health governance and, more recently, geopolitical challenges facing global health.

Lecturer at Sciences Po since 2006-2007, she is the founder and Scientific Advisor of the Global Health specialization offered to international students in about ten Master's Degree programs at the École des affaires internationales de Sciences Po in Paris. Offering students a chance to benefit from her extremely international professional network, Dr Dominique Kerouedan has directed the work of several teams of students at Sciences Po conducting studies for the OECD, WHO, Coordination Sud, Médecins du Monde, and the FACTS Initiative. She has promoted and set up collaboration in specialized internships, opening up an entire professional network for students doing their Master's Degree at Sciences Po.

In her view, these courses offered at Sciences Po seek to make future political leaders, national and international administrators and journalists, irrespective of their country or profession, familiar with healthcare challenges in developing countries and in global health. The goal is to help them face these challenges in policy-making, thus contributing to the elaboration of a political vision and the ability to reflect upon the strategies needed by current and future populations, so that these students may become credible and legitimate players supporting healthcare professionals. What is unique about the curricula proposed at the École des affaires internationales de Sciences Po is that the educational content is not restricted to any inspiration drawn from professional training curricula featured at schools of public health, but seeks to lay emphasis on political and strategic thinking in new areas for a population of future public policy-makers and decision-makers.

As a part of her functions, Dr Dominique Kerouedan participates in research conducted by an international committee on health sciences within the Global MDP Program coordinated by Columbia University. Dr Kerouedan has directed 50 authors with the objective of writing a benchmark study on health in developing countries.
Several years ago, Dominique Kerouedan set up egroup, a loyalty network for students and professors, in order to share knowledge, research and publications over the long term as current events in global health unfold. The network was renamed "worldhealth" by one of her former American students at Sciences Po who has since become administrator of egroup.

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