Ms Hedwig Deconinck

Post-doctoral assistant


Hedwig Deconinck is Postdoctoral Assistant a.i. at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, where she coordinates and supports scientific research. She holds master degrees in international public health and nutrition, epidemiology and anthropology and a doctoral degree in public health sciences. For her PhD, she studied the complexity to integrate case management of acute malnutrition into national health systems in low-income countries by applying systems thinking.
Hedwig has been working in international public health, in emergency and development contexts on programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, capacity strengthening and knowledge management. Hedwig held positions at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, the Université catholique de Louvain, USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project, and the World Health Organization. She has supported policy and strategy development with various health ministries and their partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She designed and facilitated research and training on health and nutrition assessments, interventions and policy development, and health system complexity. She is member of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Severe Wasting, the UNICEF External Advisory Group on Integrating Wasting, the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Working Group on Acute Malnutrition, and the Advisory Board of the Afghanistan Institute of Nutrition and Home Economics.