Marielle Bemelmans




Since 2000, Mariëlle has been working in global health, primarily holding coordinating positions at Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Africa and worked as a consultant for Oxfam, Red Cross, WHO and the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute. Next to two extended periods in Sudan and Malawi, she also has extensive work experience in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, DRC, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Zimbabwe. For 4 years, she held the position of country director at MSF in Malawi, after which she worked in health policy analysis and advocacy at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels. Mariëlle obtained her master’s degree in Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She published articles on health organization, HIV/AIDS and health workforce in medical journals. This resulted in the completion of her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2016. Since 3 years she is director of Wemos. Wemos has built its expertise in finance for health over many years, making the connections with relevant economic and financing policies, and sharing this knowledge with civil society organizations in the health sector via factsheets, webinars and meetings. Together with our civil society partners at country level and in international networks, Wemos analyses the roles and contributions of various actors. Whilst recognizing the importance of increased domestic resource mobilization, Wemos also points at the urgent need for more global justice and action to increase the level and quality of public financing for health.
1 FEB, 2020 10:30-12-30 hrs. PS 2.1 Making and Using (Fiscal) Space for UHC