Mr Olivier Degomme
Director, Associate Professor
Olivier Degomme is Director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health and Associate Professor at Ghent University. He coordinates a team of 30 staff members in our research center. The research teams are studying sexually transmitted diseases; adolescent health, gender, sexual violence, maternal and child health; sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable populations,... The research projects include H2020 projects, several FWO (Research Foundation - Flanders) research projects, as well as consultancies for UN organizations and national governments. He is as well coordinator of the Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy and of the interuniversity Master in Global Health. Furthermore, he is providing day-to-day assistance and supervision to several PhD candidates from various countries including Belgium, Kenya and Mozambique.
Publications of Olivier2023 Label-free electrochemical immunosensor for cervical cancer screening
Sallam Al-Madhagi, Patricia Khashayar, Bo Verberckmoes, Evelien Peeters, Elien De Paepe, Heleen Vermandere, Mieke Adriaens, Jan Vanfleteren, Olivier Degomme, Elizaveta Padalko2023 P16/KI67 levels to revolutionize cellular dysplasia detection in cervical cancer
Patricia Khashayar, Sallam Al-Madhagi, Bo Verberckmoes, Evelien Peeters, Elien De Paepe, Heleen Vermandere, Marleen Praet, Olivier Degomme, Elizaveta Padalko, Mieke Adriaens, Jan Vanfleteren2023 Comparison between the Roche Cobas 4800 human papillomavirus (HPV), Abbott RealTime high-risk HPV, Seegene Anyplex II HPV28, and novel Seegene Allplex II HPV28 assays for high-risk HPV detection and genotyping in mocked self-samples
Margo Bell, Bo Verberckmoes, Janne Devolder, Heleen Vermandere, Olivier Degomme, Yasmin Medeiros Guimarães, Luani Rezende Godoy, Elena Ambrosino, Piet Cools, Elizaveta Padalko2023 Development and validation of safe motherhood-accessible resilience training (SM-ART) intervention to improve perinatal mental health
Shireen Bhamani, David Arthur, An-Sofie Van Parys, Nicole Letourneau, Gail Wagnild, Olivier Degomme2022 Barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among under- and neverscreened women in Belgium : a qualitative study on community and healthcare providers’ perspective
Bo Verberckmoes, Elien De Paepe, Janne De Vestele, Heleen Vermandere, Ines Keygnaert, Olivier Degomme2022 Barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among under-screened women in Cuenca, Ecuador : the perspectives of women and health professionals
Bernardo Vega Crespo, Vivian Alejandra Neira, Jose Ortiz Segarra, Andres Andrade, Gabriela Guerra, Stalin Ortiz, Antonieta Flores, Lorena Mora, Veronique Verhoeven, Ana Gama, Sonia Dias, Bo Verberckmoes, Heleen Vermandere, Kristien Michielsen, Olivier Degomme2022 Resilience and prenatal mental health in Pakistan : a qualitative inquiry
Shireen Bhamani, David Arthur, An-Sofie Van Parys, Nicole Letourneau, Gail Wagnild, Shahirose Sadrudin Premji, Nargis Asad, Olivier Degomme2022 Improving access to maternal health services among rural hard-to-reach fishing communities in Uganda, the role of community health workers
Ali Ssetaala, Julius Ssempiira, Mathias Wambuzi, Gertrude Nanyonjo, Brenda Okech, Kundai Chinyenze, Bernard Bagaya, Matt Price, Noah Kiwanuka, Olivier Degomme2021 ANSER : five years of global academic collaboration building evidence for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies
Olivier Degomme, Emilie Peeters, Hedwig Deconinck, Alban Ylli, Albana Fico, Gentiana Qirjako, Dorina Ttocaj, Sara De Meyer, Kristien Michielsen, Anna Page, Wina Baeha, Kristi Praptiwi, Miranda van Reeuwijk, Beatriz Manuel, Elin C. Larsson, Carmen Ortiz, Bernardo Vega, Monserrath Jerves, Simukai Shamu, Annemiek Seeuws, Anna Galle, Anne Nobels, Ines Keygnaert, Hazel Barrett, Nina Van Eekert, Tammary Esho, Els Leye, Carles Pericas Escale, Samuel Thuo Kimani, Sofie Thielemans, Dara De Schutter, Remi Moerkerke, Louis De Backer, Viola N. Nyakato, Elizabeth Kemigisha, Wei Hong Zhang, Marleen Temmerman, Lina Hu, Shangchun Wu, Kaiyan Pei, Charlotte Neves de Oliveira, Argyro Chatzinikolaou, Eva Lievens2021 Systematic review of the concept ‘male involvement in maternal health’ by natural language processing and descriptive analysis
Anna Galle, Gaëlle Plaieser, Tessa Van Steenstraeten, Sally Griffin, Nafissa Bique Osman, Kristien Roelens, Olivier Degomme2021 Towards a global framework for assessing male involvement in maternal health : results of an international Delphi study
Anna Galle, Sally Griffin, Kristien Roelens, Olivier Degomme2021 Safe Motherhood-Accessible Resilience Training (SM-ART) Intervention Manual
Shireen Bhamani, Olivier Degomme, An-Sofie Van Parys, David Arthur, Nicole Letourneau, Gail Wagnild2021 Mobility for maternal health among women in hard-to-reach fishing communities on Lake Victoria, Uganda : a community-based cross-sectional survey
Ali Ssetaala, Julius Ssempiira, Gertrude Nanyonjo, Brenda Okech, Kundai Chinyenze, Bernard Bagaya, Matt A Price, Noah Kiwanuka, Olivier Degomme2021 The potential role of network-oriented interventions for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence among asylum seekers in Belgium
Emilomo Ogbe, Alaa Jbour, Ladan Rahbari, Maya Unnithan, Olivier Degomme2020 Universal cervical cancer control through a right to health lens : refocusing national policy and programmes on underserved women
Katrina Perehudoff, Heleen Vermandere, Alex Williams, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Elien De Paepe, Sonia Dias, Ana Gama, Ines Keygnaert, Adhemar Longatto-Filho, Jose Ortiz, Elizaveta Padalko, Rui Manuel Reis, Nathalie Vanderheijden, Bernardo Vega, Bo Verberckmoes, Olivier Degomme2020 A qualitative study on midwives' identity and perspectives on the occurrence of disrespect and abuse in Maputo city
Anna Galle, Helma Manaharlal, Sally Griffin, Nafissa Osman, Kristien Roelens, Olivier Degomme2020 Pregnancy and childbirth in Mozambique : men as decision makers and women as caretakers?
Anna Galle, Helio Cossa, Nafisa Osman, Kristien Roelens, Sally Griffin, Olivier Degomme2020 Knowledge of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by pregnant women in Maputo City, Mozambique
Rosa Marlene Manjate, Osvaldo Loquiha, Acácio Sabonete, Khátia Munguambe, Julie Cliff, Olivier Degomme, Marleen Temmerman, Mohsin Sidat2020 A systematic review of intimate partner violence interventions focused on improving social support and/ mental health outcomes of survivors
Emilomo Ogbe, Stacy Harmon, Rafael Van den Bergh, Olivier Degomme2020 Antenatal care practices among hard-to-reach fishing communities on Lake Victoria : a community-based cross-sectional survey
Ali Ssetaala, Joan Nabawanuka, Gideon Matovu, Nusula Nakiragga, Judith Namugga, Phiona Nalubega, Henry Lutalo Kaluuma, Katrina Perehudoff, Kristien Michielsen, Bernard Bagaya, Noah Kiwanuka, Olivier Degomme
Projects of Olivier
A Community-based HPV screening Implementation in Low-Income countries - CHILI
Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women worldwide, with up to 85% of the burden in resource restricted countries. Early detection of precancer has shown to be successful in reducing cancer incidence and mortality, however, a global implementation of this approach is hampered by culture and resource differences between countries.
IMPOCHA: Improving soil, potato crops, human health, and forage quality in a climate change context
Project ongoing Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Cervical cancer and HPV
ELEVATE: EarLy dEtection of cerVical cAncer in hard-to-reach populations of women through portable and point-of-care HPV TEsting
The ELEVATE consortium wants to empower women to screen for their cervical cancer risk in any setting while guaranteeing rapid and easy-to-understand results
Project ongoing HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Adolescent and youth health Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Interpersonal violence Mother and child health Reproductive rights Family planning and contraception Gender Migrant health Policy analysis
Academic network for sexual and reproductive health and rights policy (ANSER)
Ghent University established an Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy that aims to become a global resource for SRHR policy research, education and service delivery by establishing an international platform for research on SRHR policy related topics; by developing a portfolio of education and training programmes on SRHR policy; and by fostering interaction between SRHR researchers and policy makers.
Project ongoing Mother and child health Family planning and contraception
Participatory Action Research at central hospital of Maputo: Stimulating male involvement in the respectful maternity care model
Evidence suggests that many women experience mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities by health care providers across the world, but the magnitude of the problem is unknown. The occurrence of disrespect and abuse in maternity care services affects the overall quality of care and may undermine women’s trust in the health system.
Project closed HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Mother and child health Reproductive rights
Institutional University Cooperation with University Eduardo Mondlane
In the context of the University Development Cooperation, the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Mozambique, was selected as a partner institution of the VLIR-UDC-programme ‘Institutional University Cooperation’. The implementation of the Partner Programme with UEM (2008-2013) is coordinated by professor Marleen Temmerman. The programme is being implemented inter-university and has as central theme ‘Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS’. It comprises, in this first phase, 8 projects. Five projects address a sub-theme of the central theme and 3 projects will strengthen capacity in specific areas.
Project closed HIV & AIDS
HIV prevention interventions targeting sex workers and their clients in Kenya (BORESHA)
Overall objective: To develop a multi-level HIV risk-reduction intervention targeting sex workers and their clients at entertainment venues (bars/night clubs) in Mombasa, Kenya and test its feasibility and acceptability, as well as the feasibility of an intervention evaluation design to be used in a future larger study.
Project closed HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Health system research Reproductive rights
Diagonal Interventions to Fast Forward Enhanced Reproductive Health (DIFFER)
The DIFFER project aims at improving access to sexual and reproductive health for the most vulnerable by a better linkage between interventions targeted at most-at-risk populations, in particular female sex workers, and the general reproductive health services. It will be implemented at four sites in Kenya (Mombasa), Mozambique (Tete), South Africa (Durban) and India (Mysore).
Project closed HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Health system research Reproductive rights
Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services for Most at Risk Populations in Tete, Mozambique (Tete-MARP)
The Tete-MARP project aims at improving HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among female sex workers (FSW) in the Tete-Moatize area in Mozambique. The project uses an HIV combination prevention approach, combining behavioural, biological and structural interventions, integrates HIV services with services for other SRHR topics and targets male clients of FSW for behaviour change.
Project closed Gender Policy analysis
PSR-project in collaboration with The Belgian Government for Development Cooperation (DGD)
The Belgian Government for Development Cooperation (DGD) wants to work on an improved Belgian policy in the field of SDGs, gender, water and private sector development. For this, they wish to make use of policy-supporting research in collaboration with Belgian researchers affiliated with a higher education institution.