Working to Advance
Health Equity in Africa

Dr Carolien Aantjes

  • Research fellow
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Carolien Aantjes (PhD, MPH) is a research fellow at HEARD with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and health system strengthening. Since 2015, she has been engaged in our multi-country research on unsafe abortion in Eastern and Southern Africa. She is also a core member in our 4-year research project on young key populations in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This particular research is embedded in a larger project that aims to strengthen the legal and policy environment for these groups in order to reduce stigma and discrimination of young key populations and improve their access to sexual and reproductive health services. She is also involved in a multi-continental study on capacity development of civil society organisations and networks that are working with or led by key populations.

Carolien has extensive, international experience in the field of HIV and AIDS and public health. She worked, among others, for the Ministry of Health in Namibia as a coordinator of a regional AIDS programme and as a public health nurse for the municipal health services of Amsterdam, on HIV screening, detection and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. She undertook many short-term consultancy assignments in Africa and Asia, assisting national governments, funding agencies as well as local NGOs in the design or review of their HIV interventions. Her doctoral thesis investigated how sub-Saharan African health systems could utilise the lessons from the exceptional HIV programme to develop chronic care services in the face of an emerging burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in the region. Carolien previously worked as a post-doc researcher and lecturer in Global Health at the Athena Institute of the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Latest Publications

Research outputs

Journal article

Angwenyi, V. , Aantjes, C. , Bunders‐Aelen, J. , Lazarus, J. V. and Criel, B. (2019), Patient‐Provider Perspectives on Self‐Management Support and Patient Empowerment in Chronic Care: A Mixed‐Methods Study in a Rural sub‐Saharan Setting. J Adv Nurs. doi:10.1111/jan.14116

Angwenyi, V., Aantjes, C., Kondowe, K., Zulu Mutchiyeni, J., Kajumi, M., Criel, B., Lazarus, J.V., Quinlan, T., Bunders-Aelen, J. (2018) Moving to a strong(er) community health system: analysing the role of community health volunteers in the new national community health strategy in Malawi BMJ Global Health, 3,(3)e000996

Angwenyi V, Aantjes C, Kajumi M, De Man J, Criel B, Bunders-Aelen J. Patients experiences of self-management and strategies for dealing with chronic conditions in rural Malawi. PLoS One. 2018 Jul 2;13(7):e0199977. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199977. eCollection 2018.

Aantjes, C.J., Gilmoor, A., Syurina, E.V., Crankshaw, T.L (2018) The Status of Provision of Post Abortion Care Services for Women and Girls in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Systematic Review Contraception,

Aantjes, Carolien J., Joseph Simbaya and Tim K.C Quinlan (2016) From End of Life to Chronic Care: The Provision of Community Home-Based Care for HIV and the Adaptation to New Health Care Demands In Zambia Primary Health Care Research & Development, 17(6), pp 599-610

Aantjes, CJ., Quinlan, T and Bunders, J (2016) Towards universal health coverage in Zambia: impediments and opportunities Development in Practice, 26(3), pp 298-307, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2016.1148119

Aantjes,C. J., Quinlan, T., and Bunders, J. F. G. 2014 Practicalities and challenges in re-orienting the health system in Zambia for treating chronic conditions BMC Health Services Research, 14 (295), BioMed Central, doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-295

Aantjes, C., Quinlan, T., and Bunders, J. 2014 Integration of community home-based care programmes within national primary health care revitalisation strategies in Ethiopia, Malawi, South-Africa and Zambia: a comparative assessment Globalization and Health, 10 (85), BioMed Central, doi:10.1186/s12992-014-0085-5