desiree j. hooi
Desiree J. Hooi was born 1982 in Willemstad, Curaçao. In the year 2000 after obtaining her degree as a Registered Nurse at the Instituto pa Formashon den Enfermeria (IFE) on Curaçao. In 2005, she moved to Costa Rica to study medicine at the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED), and obtained her medical degree in 2011. In January 2013, dr. Hooi started a population scientific research to conclude on the best strategies to minimize or prevent cervical cancer on Curaçao. On October 25th, 2018, Hooi obtained from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), her PhD in Medical Sciences.
Between 2013-2015, Desiree gathered data for the population study on HPV and cervical cancer on Curaçao. She moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to analyze and to describe the findings of the research. This was done at the Pathology Department of Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA), which is a research division of the Academic Hospital of Amsterdam UMC.
In 2018, she defended the outcome of her research, which are described in her dissertation entitled: HPV and cervical cancer on Curaçao, towards implementation of an integrated prevention program. In order to find the best strategies for cervical cancer prevention on Curaçao, she gained knowledge about the psychological, social and anthropological role in a population’s health and in the healthcare sector. She also gained knowledge on Global Health, Global Health Governance and Human Rights.
Dr.Hooi worked as a volunteer for the Curaçao Red Cross foundation, the Curaçao organization for diabetic patients SOKUDI, and mentoring kids with learning difficulties. Also, she contributed with many awareness campaigns, information programs for various organizations, newspapers, TV and radio programs. Dr. Hooi is member of the Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN) and Afro Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3). The important line connecting health and behavioral sciences motivated Hooi to assist the UN regional meeting in Geneva in 2017. There she presented her views on the topic at discussion on more inclusion of the Afro-descendant population in health programs striving for proper healthcare and these were considered as valuable input for the Outcome Document.
The strive for an integrated and contextual approach in healthcare is essential.
Desiree Hooi is driven by the passion for pursuing the possibilities, so everyone can enjoy good health and care. To achieve the aforementioned, factors related to behaviour, culture, beliefs, and social environment play an important role in her approach. Every single factor must be understood and taken into account when designing or implementing healthcare programs and services. These factors also play a role and influence the ways of communication. By understanding how people communicate, and how information is perceived, strategies can be adapted to convey information so the population remains well-informed. Developed countries with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds face a major challenge in gathering and including groups with varied socio-cultural backgrounds, to participate in local healthcare systems and programs. Data shows that it is precisely these groups that show higher incidence, prevalence and mortality rates as a result of certain diseases. Hence, health care systems must be designed according to the social and cultural standards of each population; communicated in a way that information reaches the population; and regularly evaluated and tested so that these people are not left behind, because the enjoyment of good health is a fundamental human right.
To achieve maximum efficiency, approaches and services in healthcare should be explicitly adapted to the aspects mentioned before. This is possible by means of an integrated and contextual approach, working in close collaboration with a great variety of professionals.
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