Agnes Gebhard

Technical Director

Agnes Gebhard is a Dutch medical doctor with a postgraduate specialization in Public Health. She joined KNCV as senior TB consultant in 2004 and became Technical Director in 2019.

She has 30 years of experience in Tropical Medicine, Public Health and Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. Having been based in Tanzania, Vietnam, Indonesia and The Netherlands, she has hands on experience in managing the TB elimination effort and provided substantial technical assistance to National TB programs in 15 countries in Africa, Central, Southern and East-Asia. She has developed, implemented and evaluated public health policies and disease-specific strategic plans and programs.

Since 2007 Agnes Gebhard regularly serves on advisory committees to WHO, mostly in the field of drug resistant TB and TB infection.

As Technical Director  of KNCV, Agnes Gebhard  focuses on delivery of quality services and technical assistance to countries, projects and partners, generation of (new) knowledge and  evidence, design and implementation of demonstration projects and contributing to local and global policy development in support of the global TB elimination effort.

Current KNCV projects: oversight of the delivery of quality services and technical assistance to countries, projects and partners, generation of (new) knowledge and  evidence, and contributing to local and global policy development in support of the global TB elimination effort. Provides technical backstopping to the whole technical division and is directly involved in introduction of 3HP (IMPAACT4TB projects), BPaL introduction with TB REACH and the TB Alliance ( LIFT-TB), capacity building and several other projects in The Netherlands, Asia, Africa, Central Asia.

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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