Ms. Stephanie De Maesschalck
In October, Stéphanie De Maesschalck started working for ICRH on the EC-funded CERCA project (Community-Embedded Reproductive health Care for Adolescents in Latin America).
Family physician Stéphanie De Maesschalck will be planning and teaching communication skills training sessions for healthcare providers working in health centres in a.o. Cuenca, Managua and Cochabamba. The focus of these sessions will be on talking and counseling about reproductive health with adolescents and their parents. The CERCA project aims at improving reproductive health (salud sexual y reproducativa) for adolescents in Central and South America. ICRH performs this project in cooperation with South Group (Bolivia), the University of Cuenca (Ecuador), the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, and the Instituto Centro Americano de la Salud (Nicaragua).
Besides her work at ICRH, Stéphanie is also teaching communication skills and cultural competences to medical students at the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Ghent University. She is about to finish a PhD thesis on the physician-patient relationship with ethnic minority patients. Furthermore, 2 and a half days a week she work as a family physician in a state refugee centre (Fedasil) where refugees from around the globe reside during the first months of their asylum procedure in Belgium.
More information: Stephanie.DeMaesschalck@UGent.be